Environmental Risk Management | Storm Water Services

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPP)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) require certain industrial facilities and construction sites to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit coverage for their storm water discharges. These facilities must develop and implement a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan to satisfy the requirements of the NPDES Permit. The SWPP Plan evaluates how and where pollutants may be mobilized by storm water, establishes Best Management Practices (BMPs), and provides a monitoring and inspection schedule.

Recently I stumbled across a beneficial resource, a guide for construction sites: The guide was developed as a helpful reference guide for construction site operators across the country. Highlighted below are important things to take into account when implementing your SWPPP:

What is a SWPP?

A SWPP is a site-specific, written document that:

  • Identifies potential sources of storm water pollution at the construction site
  • Describes practices to reduce pollutants in storm water discharges from the construction site. Reduction of pollutants is often achieved by implementing best management practices
  • Identifies procedures the operator will implement to comply with the terms and conditions of a construction general permit

A Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan must be developed and must contain, the following information:

  1. Drainage patterns
  2. Approximate slopes after major grading activities
  3. Areas of soil disturbance
  4. Outline all areas that are not to be disturbed
  5. Location of all major structural and non-structural controls
  6. The location of expected stabilization practices
  7. Wetlands and surface waters
  8. Locations where storm water may discharge to a surface water or MS4.

See a Sample Copy, here.

Storm Water Services: Pollution Prevention Plan at ERMI

All construction site operators are required to prevent storm water pollution by obtaining and implementing an effective SWPPP, which is a service here at ERMI. ERMI services property assessment needs from Phase I Environmental Site Assessments through remediation of contaminated properties. ERMI also characterizes mixed contamination plumes; fingerprints unknown petroleum compounds, and performs forensic investigations into the source and release date of contamination.

Corporate headquarters for Environmental Risk Management is located in Fort Myers, Florida. ERMI serves all of Florida with our complete service offering. Environmental Risk Management (ERMI) has been in the environmental consulting business in Florida since 1999. We have staff positioned throughout the state of Florida and offer forensic services throughout the nation. ERMI will help minimize your risk by offering valuable services to meet your needs.

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