Basic Requirements of Stormwater Pollution


A Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is basically an erosion, sediment and waste chemical control plan. It is up to the permit holder to decide what types of Best Management Practices (BMPs) to use at a given site, but the company/municipality/contractor must comply with the permit requirement.

SWPPPs will typically include:

  • Site Description with a map
  • A description of the sediment, erosion and polluted water controls used on-site, including stabilization and structural practices (such as seeding, catch basin inserts like the Ultra-DrainGuard or Ultra-GrateGuard)
  • Descriptions of the BMPs to control stormwater runoff after completion of a construction activity or as a part of a long term maintenance plan.


What are the permit requirements?

Permit holders are required to develop, implement and enforce a stormwater management program to:

  1. Reduce the discharge of pollutants to the maximum extent practicable (MEP).
  2. Protect water quality.
  3. Satisfy the appropriate water quality requirements of the Clean Water Act.
  4. Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) which includes BMPs to be used, measurable goals, frequency of actions and responsible persons.