Stormwater management facilities include detention basins, retention basins, water quality devices, infiltration facilities and other structural and non-structural Best Management Practices (BMPs). Drainage systems and treatment devices are not intended to be stand-alone, maintenance free systems. Stormwater quality devices such as those produced by Contech, Hydro International and AquaShield that are currently incorporated into many stormwater management systems require periodic maintenance to function properly. The regular inspection and maintenance of these facilities is essential to their proper operation to reduce flooding and prevent the pollution of surface and ground water. Inspections will identify structural and functional problems as well as satisfy the regulatory requirements for certain of these structures. Routine maintenance includes debris and vegetation removal, trash rack cleaning and channel cleaning.
It is a good general practice to identify the entire drainage infrastructure on a map and corresponding report or plan, describing the general function of each component. Each component should have a maintenance and inspection schedule. This plan should be simple and easily understood for the property owner, manager and maintenance personal. This asset management plan should transfer in the eventual sale of the property. Simple steps like this can maintain the integrity of the designed system, increase the aesthetics of the site and comply with local and state regulations for stormwater maintenance. Compliance with good stormwater management practices is both a requirement and a fundamental act of environmental stewardship.
Stormwater Compliance Program
At Stormwater Compliance Solutions, LLC we understand that reading permits and interpreting environmental regulations is not the main responsibility of most maintenance staff. Our online program keeps things simple and organized so that owners can focus on their business instead of worrying about compliance.
In stormwater compliance, everything comes down to “the Permit”. Each State must follow a General Permit which keeps them in compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act. Permits can consist of more than 200 pages of rules and regulations. SCS can analyze these regulations and explain exactly what applies to your facility and what you can do to stay in compliance and avoid costly violations.
Our stormwater compliance program consist of six different components:
SW Compliance Program Components
Each State must follow a General Permit which keeps them in compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act. Permits can consist of more than 200 pages of rules and regulations. At SCS reading and understanding permits is our job. We will review your permit, whether it’s a State General Permit or an Individual SPDES Permit authorizing a specific discharge at your facility, and design your Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) around the requirements. All records are kept up to date so internal and external inspections/audits become an easy process.
Depending on the type of Permit, you will be required to have a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) or Best Management Practices Plan (BMPP) in place. They typically involve a written plan including the facility’s Best Management Practices (BMPs), all of your inspection forms throughout the duration of the permit, various mapping requirements and regulatory authorizations and records.
Our SWPPPs/BMPPs break it down into easy to understand segments so you can find what you need when you need it.
Our team works with you to make sure you know when inspections are due and will give you reminder calls until they are completed and submitted. We even watch the weather for you and alert you when qualified rain events are coming your way. Completed forms are reviewed to make sure they are filled out completely and properly and filed in your SWPPP.
If findings are noted we follow up with Management and the SWPPP administrator to make sure the appropriate corrective actions are implemented. We’re with you at every step in the process.
Whether you have one facility or multiple facilities under your area of responsibility you always know where they stand. We keep you informed of what has been completed, what still needs to be completed and if there were any findings or problems during inspections.
Training is a key element in any successful stormwater program. The SCS team will train your SWPPP administrators to make sure they know what to look for during inspections and how to handle issues that come up. We will guide them through the corrective actions and are always available if questions come up.
We can assist anyone anywhere in the country. We have screen sharing software that allows us to walk an administrator through the program as if we were next to them. We have video conferencing capabilities if a face to face is preferred.
Regulatory agencies have the right to inspect facilities that are covered under their permits. These inspections can be daunting if your records are not in order. They also have the ability to give violations if they feel you are not complying with the Permit requirements. At best this can result in internal fire drills getting reports compiled and inspections completed to meet the inspection demands, at worst there can be costly fees.
With SCS monitoring your stormwater compliance program you can breathe easy during an inspection. All of your records are organized and at your finger tips. We also assist our clients by working with the inspector while you sit with them, walking them through where the records are located and answering any questions that you need help with.
If your company does internal audits we provide the same services. We support you through every step.