Inspectable Area: Site
Inspectable Item: Storm Drainage
The bottom of this storm drain appears to be only about 6 to 8 inches deep - but it used to be much deeper. 

It is badly clogged.  On a rainy day, it takes very little time for this to fill and for water to start backing up into other areas because this storm drain does not function.

This used to be an 11 or 12 point hit, before REAC put a 7.5 point "cap" on Site deficiencies.

At Level 2, this will be worth 5.5 or 6 points. 

A Level 3 "caps out" at 7.5 points.

This is one of the very worst defects for the Site.
The large stones were placed here to reduce erosion from water running out of this storm drain pipe.

This has not completely eliminated erosion - look to the right of the boulders.  Looks like Level 3 Erosion.

In the meanwhile, dirt, leaves, and other debris have gathered among the rocks, possibly creating a partial blockage of the storm drain.

Could we argue this point?


Do we want to have to appeal a 6 point hit for Level 2 Storm Drainage?

Not if we can help it!
The older storm drain pipes (foreground) collapsed internally. It does not have dirt just on top - it is packed solid to its full depth.

Rather than dig it out to redo it, the property installed a parallel storm drain next to it, in the background.

The property was cited for the clogged storm drain, even though it had been replaced.

If they had realized this was going to happen, they could have just filled it in with concrete to indicate that it was "abandoned in place."

Full definitions, derived from Federal Register
Storm Drainage (Site)
System used to collect and dispose of surface runoff water through the use of culverts, underground structures, or natural drainage features, e.g., swales, ditches, etc.
Damaged/Obstructed (Storm Drainage—Site)
Deficiency: If the storm drains are structurally unsound/damaged, are blocked/obstructed by accumulated debris, or present other safety hazards.
Level of Deficiency:
- Level 1:  N/A
- Level 2:  The system is partially blocked by a large quantity of debris, causing backup into adjacent area(s).
- Level 3:  The system is structurally unsound/damaged or completely blocked, or a large segment of the system has failed because a large quantity of debris has caused:
—Backups into adjacent area(s).
—Runoffs into areas where runoffs are not intended.