When Is a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Required?

Posted On: October 10, 2022

When Is a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Required?


The Environmental Protection Agency is highly concerned with preventing pollutants from damaging United States waters, and so it requires facilities to obtain certain permits to operate. A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan is a prerequisite to obtaining the needed permits, but it can be a challenge to complete without professional help.

If your company needs an SWPPP in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, DC, iSTORMWATER is here to guide you through the process. We’ll explain what an SWPPP is and when it’s required. If you need help with an SWPPP for your facility, turn to our team for our expert stormwater services.

Call us today at (443) 699-2828 or contact us online to tell us about your stormwater needs.

What Is a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan?

An SWPPP provides a closer look at what proactive measures your facility is taking to prevent pollution of nearby waterways. There are seven components to an SWPPP:

  1. Site descriptions detailed enough to provide outside responders the information needed to assist in the event of an emergency, including locations of all receiving waters, stormwater conveyances, monitoring points, and more.
  2. Contact information of the facility’s pollution prevention team.
  3. List of all activities that may cause pollution and areas where leaks or spills may happen, including outdoor storage, vehicles and equipment, and more.
  4. Control measures, schedules, and specific procedures that produce pollution.
  5. Spill response plans in case of an emergency.
  6. Breakdown of schedules and procedures for inspections and monitoring of facility waters.
  7. Documentation of employee training programs meant to instruct about the SWPPP and their roles in pollution prevention.

These seven requirements often end up more complex than facility management expects, and having an expert by your side to walk you through the process of collection and compilation of necessary information can be imperative.

When Is a Prevention Plan Required?

An SWPPP is needed for any facility attempting to secure a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit. An NPDES is necessary for facilities that discharge into Water of the United States. The SWPPP is required after submitting a Notice of Intent that describes what pollutants may be discharged and the name of the affected waterway.

Note that facilities that discharge into a municipal sewer system do not require NPDES permits, but municipalities have their own restrictions to be aware of.

iSTORMWATER is ready to help you navigate the complexities of stormwater permits, so contact us online or call us at (443) 699-2828 for the help you need.

Choose iSTORMWATER for Professional Pollution Compliance

Stormwater pollution prevention and SWPPPs are never easy to navigate. At iSTORMWATER, you’ll be working with experts that hold Stormwater Management Inspector and Stormwater Maintenance Facility Contractor certifications, so you can trust we know the ins and outs of local and federal stormwater requirements. We rely on fair and ethical business practices and the utmost professionalism to build strong customer relationships that keep our clients coming back.

Don’t wait to get the assistance you need on your DC, Virginia, or Maryland facility’s SWPPP — call iSTORMWATER at (443) 699-2828 or contact us online today.


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