What is a SWPPP?

The term SWPPP Stands for Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan. As the term says, it is a plan to prevent pollution of storm water. They are required by the federal Clean Water Act and various State laws to try to reduce pollution via stormwater. They are broken up into 3 major industries: Construction, Industrial, and […]

Underground Utility Damage Prevention: Know What’s Below

Working around buried utilities is a very challenging task. Every 4 minutes an underground utility is struck and damaged by mechanized equipment, potentially causing harm to persons, property and causing the interruption of utility services. The Common Ground Alliance, a stakeholder-run organization dedicated to protecting underground utilities reports approximately 379,000 utility damages occurred in 2016, […]

What is NPDES?

What is NPDES? NPDES stands for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. Created in 1972 by the Clean Water Act (CWA), helps address water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants to waters of the United States. Under the CWA, EPA authorizes the NPDES permit program to state, tribal, and territorial governments, enabling them to […]

Handling Unannounced Environmental Regulatory Inspections

Agents from environmental regulatory agencies may show up at your project site without prior notification.  Environmental regulatory agents are trained to their rights and limitations when stepping foot on a job site. It is equally important that workers are educated on what rights they have, and site managers also need to understand how to manage […]

GA NPDES Electronic Permit Submittal Requirements

The new Georgia NPDES General Construction Permits for Storm Water Discharge will become effective August 1, 2018.  While much of the permit remains the same, there are some important and major changes that will occur.  The one new requirement that will affect all permittees is the electronic submittal of all permits. The Georgia Environmental Protection […]

NPDES Construction Site Inspection Best Practices

This Inspection Guide describes how to conduct stormwater inspections on construction sites and discusses inspector responsibilities, preparation, inspection procedures, report writing, tips on inspecting BMPs, and enforcement. An on-site construction site inspection will typically consist of the following components: Pre-Inspection Preparation Entry Records Review Site Inspection Inspection Report Preparation Pre-Inspection Preparation In preparing for an […]

Draft Changes to the Georgia NPDES Construction Stormwater Permit

On December 15, 2017, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Environmental Protection Division (EPD) issued their draft NPDES Construction General Permit. If approved, the new permit will go into effect August 1, 2018. Below is a summary of relevant changes: As a result of the EPD’s implementation of the NPDES electronic reporting rule, ALL Notices of […]

EPA Makes Strides in Monitoring Stormwater Systems

In the United States, raw sewage overflows and inadequately controlled stormwater discharges from municipal sewer systems sending a variety of harmful pollutants, disease causing organisms, metals and nutrients that threaten our communities’ water quality.  This can also cause beach and shellfish bed closings, stream flooding along with basement backups of sewage.  Through the Clean Water […]