The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes Developing Your Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan: A Guide for Construction Sites for construction site operators, including general contractors (GC), construction managers (CM), and EPC contractors (engineering, procurement, and construction). Construction site operators are the personnel, such as project managers and general superintendents, with the day-to-day supervision over the construction operations and work results occurring in the field at the construction site.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
The guide enables construction site operators to develop a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), in compliance with stormwater discharge requirements. A SWPP is generally required by construction general permit, to help prevent stormwater pollution. A precipitation event, such as a rain event, or a snowmelt event can cause stormwater runoff from construction sites, jeopardizing natural resources, inland waters, and coastal waters. However, the scope of a SWPPP extends beyond a basic sediment and erosion control plan.
3 Objectives of SWPPP for Construction Site Operators
Further, a comprehensive Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan describes all of the construction site operator’s activities to address the following three objectives:
- Prevent stormwater contamination;
- Control sedimentation and erosion, and;
- Comply with the requirements of the Clean Water Act.
9 Topics When Developing Your Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
Developing Your Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan: A Guide for Construction Sites for construction site operators includes the following nine topics, references and appendices:
- Getting Started
- SWPPP Development—Site Assessment and Planning
- SWPPP Development—Selecting Erosion and Sediment Control BMPs
- SWPPP Development—Selecting Good Housekeeping BMPs
- SWPPP Development—Inspections, Maintenance, and Recordkeeping
- Certification and Notification
- SWPPP Implementation
- Final Stabilization and Permit Termination
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(Source: Developing Your Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan: A Guide for Construction Sites. Washington, DC: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2007. Print.)