Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan

Storm water discharges can contain harmful pollutants.

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Program regulates stormwater discharges from point sources, and operators of these sources may be required to receive an NPDES permit. This permitting mechanism is designed to prevent stormwater runoff from washing harmful pollutants into local surface waters. There are three instances when permitting is involved, and generally, you must submit a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) prior to applying for the permit. These are:

  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4): To prevent harmful pollutants from being washed or dumped into an MS4, operators must obtain a NPDES permit and develop a stormwater management program.
  • Construction Activities: The NPDES program requires operators engaged in clearing, grading, and excavating activities that disturb 1 acre or more, including smaller sites in a larger common plan of development or sale, to obtain coverage under an NPDES permit
  • Industrial Activities: The NPDES industrial stormwater permit covers 10 major categories of industrial activity that require authorization.

We know the requirements and deliver effective and compliant SWPPP’s.

NPDES permits require that all SWPPPs must be prepared and certified by a qualified SWPPP Practitioner. EPA related fines can reach $37,500 per day, per violation for not having a SWPPP, failure to conduct onsite inspections, poor record keeping and many other facets. A well-prepared, certified Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan requires practitioners with expertise, experience and an attention to detail. Our specialists measure up to the task and deliver plans that meet the core requirements and address:

  • Potential Pollution Sources: Identifying pollutants, potential sources and material that could contaminate runoff from the site, and the areas, ecosystems and water sources that are at risk
  • Preventive Measures: Delineating how pollutants will be reduced or eliminated so that stormwater will be unaffected by implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs), which are structural control measures to contain and prevent pollutants from threatening the drainage system.
  • Procedures: Describing the equipment and procedures to contain and clean up toxic materials, and proper disposal methods of wash water, sediments and solids specified in plan that will reduce sediment runoff and the escape of pollutants
  • Training: Training employees in the requirements of the SWPPP and defining who is responsible for each aspect of plan and who will work to meet the conditions of the permit
  • Maintenance: Proactive repairing and testing to assure that the preventative measures are working effectively