What is a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan?

 

Mike Stermitz
Mike Stermitz

A construction manager for Arcadis projects in several U.S. states, Mike Stermitz possesses more than 10 years of experience in scientific studying and sampling. Mike Stermitz’s responsibilities for Arcadis construction projects include performing environmental inspections and developing Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP), both fundamental requirements for obtaining a stormwater permit.

Construction mangers use SWPPPs to identify potential pollution sources that may affect the quality of stormwater discharged from the construction site. The plan outlines best practices to reduce pollutants in stormwater discharge, and contributes to compliance with the stormwater permit’s terms and conditions. For maximum environmental benefit and compliance, construction projects must fully implement all aspects of the plan.

Requirements for a SWPPP may vary by state, and resources for specific criteria are available through state agencies granting permits and through the Stormwater Resource Locator (SWRL), which detail requirements for each state. However, many states are adopting federal SWPPP requirements, effectively reducing the number of differences.

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SWCA Environmental Consultants – Environmental Specialists

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As an environmental specialist, Mike Stermitz has worked in the environmental field for over 25 years with a number of environmental companies and agencies. Mike Stermitz also worked for the SWCA in Bismark, North Dakota, as an environmental specialist. There, he conducted inspections for the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) in western North Dakota.

Working in North Dakota since 2008, the SWCA are environmental consultants who help to make sure environmental standards are upheld during construction of projects such as oil and gas pipeline construction. SWCA environmental specialists work with the construction companies to help them complete their work, while also helping to maintain the local, state, and federal environmental regulations.

SWCA helps companies avoid expensive delays in construction by monitoring the construction and verifying that all work is in compliance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) before it begins. Environmental specialists also use electronic reporting systems to save time and help avoid environmental regulation or permit issues.