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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