SWPPP 101: How to Identify All Sources of Potential and Actual Pollution

Stormwater pollution is one of the most devastating events for local climates and ecosystems. 

For this reason, the EPA–and state district offices in some cases–requires organizations that discharge stormwater into public waterways to acquire a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. 

To qualify for this permit, dischargers must submit a stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) detailing preventative measures to curtail stormwater pollution, erosion of the surrounding environment, and other harmful environmental effects. 

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How to Prevent Stormwater Pollution: 7 Guaranteed Practices

Stormwater pollution is the contamination of natural water sources caused by the runoff of chemicals or sediment during rain or snowfall. 

While residential neighborhoods and land development are typical causes of stormwater pollution, the EPA has identified construction sites, in particular, as an area of concern in their fight to curb stormwater pollution. 

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Your Guide to Turbidity Testing in Florida: Know True Water Quality

Turbidity, the measure of suspended particles in water, is a common sign of stormwater mismanagement. This can be harmful to the surrounding environment and lead to erosion of the local infrastructure. 

Active turbidity testing helps ensure that local water sources are unpolluted and that water filtration systems are doing their job. 

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Top 7 Common Stormwater Inspection Mistakes And What To Do

By law, many states require weekly, monthly, quarterly, and sometimes annual stormwater inspections to ensure proper compliance within the guidelines set by that particular state’s Construction General Permit.

An approved Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) should include regular inspections of all best management practices (BMPs) to ensure legal compliance and erosion/sediment control.

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