• Mark Weston

The exciting world of SWPPP compliance.

I have been in construction for over 25 years. In that time, I have seen it all. The good, the bad, and the ugly. In all those years, the thing that has never changed, is a constant and steady progression of rules and regulations.

Storm Water compliance is not new but has been receiving more attention in Southern Utah the last couple of years. Santa Clara City started it's SWPPP inspection process back in 2016. St. George City began it's residential inspections starting November 6, 2018, with Washington City to follow right behind.

We started Utah Storm Water Protection to help contractors and owners navigate through the SWPPP process, provide inspections, manage BMP's (best management practices) and comply in full with municipal, state and federal requirements, therefore staying out of trouble and penalty free.

Some frequently asked questions;

1.  What does SWPPP stand for? SWPPP is an abbreviation for Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan.  2.  What is a SWPPP? The SWPPP is a document that outlines how a construction project will minimize stormwater pollution.  Construction sites are a well-known source of sediment and other pollutants which can cause significant harm to rivers, lakes, coastal waters, and flood control facilities.  The SWPPP describes the contractor's activity to prevent pollution for the specific project.  The SWPPP should be kept on the construction site and updated frequently to reflect changes at the site. 3. When is a SWPPP required?: Typically, SWPPPs are only required for construction projects that disturb more than 1 acre of developed or undeveloped land.  Additionally, the California Green Building Code (CalGreen) requires SWPPPs for projects that disturb less than 1 acre. 4.What is the purpose of the SWPPP?: The purpose of the SWPPP is to develop a strategy for construction projects to comply with Federal and State stormwater regulations.  These regulations are put in place to minimize sediment and other pollutants in stormwater runoff commonly associated with construction activities. 5.  What if I don't comply with SWPPP?: There are significant penalties for not complying with the SWPPP or State regulations. Any person who violates these regulations may be subject to fines of $37,500 per day of violation or imprisonment.  6.  Who is responsible for the SWPPP compliance?: A good contractor will follow the SWPPP requirements.  However, ultimately the property owner is the Legally Responsible Person (or LRP).  7.  What is included in the SWPPP?

  • BMPs to minimize erosion and sediment (i.e. gravel bags, silt fence, straw wattle, sediment basin, soil stabilizers, etc...)

  • BMPs to minimize non-stormwater discharges (i.e. concrete waste management, material waste management, good housekeeping practices, etc...)

  • Site inspections and BMP maintenance

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