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How to get started with the SWPPP

The main source of storm water runoff is the construction industry. Storm water runoff is the rain or snowmelt that does not penetrate the soul and it is a natural phenomenon. As storm water runoff mover across various surfaces it collects trash, debris and pollutants such as sediment. What happens with the bodies of water that contain sediments and other chemical contaminants is that they get released into the natural sources of water. Not only do they endanger the aquatic life and the wildlife, but they also pose a threat to human health as well. The only solution construction site operators have for preventing storm water pollution is to develop an effective SWPPP plan. The fact is that all construction sites that disturb an area of 5 acres or more are required to develop and implement a SWPPP. The question is, however, the following: How do you get started? You will need to know the basic things and what materials and information are necessary.

First of all, there are federal requirements for storm water from construction sites. If you are engaged in activities such as clearing, grading, or excavating, then you have to obtain coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System or the NPDES. The permit that you receive from this authority can be viewed as an umbrella that covers all storm water discharges associated with construction activity. Permit coverage is not necessary if you carry out routine maintenance activities such as landscaping. The authority that regulates water quality associated with construction and even industrial activities will require a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan. This project will be directed and prepared by a qualified SWPPP developer like Xpress SW3P. The job is typically the responsibility of more than a single person. This means that everyone has definite roles and responsibilities. While the operator takes care of the development process and the documentation, you will have to implement the project.

The plan to prevent storm water drainage will contain several elements like the project, the SWPPP contact information, site and activity description (including the site map), identification of pollutant sources, description of controls to reduce pollutants and the list does not end here. Fortunately, some SW3P developers take care of all these aspects for you. What you should not do is design the project on their own. Why? Well, taking a closer look at the guidance documents will reveal that they do not make any sense, at least for those who are not experts. Permits also have complicated aspects that a constructor cannot handle on his own. Make sure to collect the pieces of information so that the project can be prepared. The information that you provide will represent the technical basis for selecting erosion and sedimentation BMPs, meaning Best Management Practices. It is only based on this information the site plan will be developed. Last but not least, it is important to remember that the SWPPP plan has to be prepared before the construction actually begins, which means that it is part of the bid package.