What is SWPPP?

Why do we need to do this?

In 1972, EPA studies showed a major contribution to water pollution was from storm water runoff, sewage treatment plants, and processed wastewater. An amendment to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act established the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System(NPDES). They eventually set up permit requirements for Storm Water discharges for construction and industrial sites to limit the waste and pollutants that come off of job sites and into the storm drains. They came up with the slogan, "only rain in the drain." Since the inception, air and water quality have significantly improved. Since 1977, the air quality for Southern California is 4 times better. There is still a lot of work to do though, U.S. EPA said, "40% of all U.S. waters are not fishable or swimmable." The monitoring and safety precautions put in place are there to try and support the systems we use to reduce potential environmental and human health impacts. This is why they have increased fines up to $20,000 per day, +$20 per gallon, +cost of their time to inspect... Usually $27,500 and up per day!

What is SWPPP?

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan. It is a lengthy and detailed document that goes over the requirements on jobs with soil disturbance of 5 acres or more, in or near a water body, or a single phase or segment of a large project. This covers all of the Best Management Practices (BMPS) and what the site is doing to prevent contaminates from going off site or what will be done in an emergency situation. It includes: certifications and approvals, amendments, introduction/project description, reference section, body of SWPPP, and monitoring program and reports.


These include: temporary soil stabilizers, temporary sediment control, wind erosion control, tracking control, non-storm water management, waste management and materials pollution. The BMPS are there to ensure the dirt stays where it's supposed to and to make sure water doesn't contaminate any drains or nearby water sources.

Difference between erosion control and sediment control?

Erosion control prevents/reduces erosion and sediment control captures/contains sediment.

You can see examples of the BMPS in our products and services section.
We know there is a lot to cover and each job is different, please feel free to Contact Us for more questions or to make sure your job is legal and clear of fines.