Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Services

SWPPP Consulting Services (View Details)

     Scott Environmental is dedicated to keeping your construction site or industrial facility in compliance with all Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) requirements for the Construction General Permit and the Industrial General Permit. In order to do this, Scott Environmental provides a one-stop shop approach towards SWPPPs, making it easier and more cost-efficient to be in compliance. Scott Environmental will assist Property Owners, Project Managers, General Contractors, Subcontractors and facility owners or operators with their SWPPP requirements by providing:

  • SWPPP Training
    • Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) and Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD) Training for the California Construction General Permit
    • SWPPP 101
    • SWPPP Advanced: Construction General Permit or Industrial General Permit
    • SWPPP Employee Training Program: Industrial General Permit
    • Spills & Leaks: Spill Response and Mitigation
    • Extreme Weather Event (El Niño, La Niña) Preparation
    • Tailgate Talks
  •  QSP Construction Consulting Services
    • Inspections
    • Monitoring
    • Weather & Rainfall Tracking
    • Sampling Services and laboratory analysis
    • REAP (Rain Event Action Plan)
    • Quarterly Non Storm Water Discharge Reports
    • Annual Reporting via SMARTS
  • QISP Industrial Consulting Services
    • SWPPP Design
    • SWPPP Amendments
    • Inspections
    • Monitoring
    • Weather & Rainfall Tracking
    • Sampling Services and laboratory analysis
    • Exceedance Response Actions (ERAs)
    • Annual Reporting via SMARTS
  •  QSD Construction Consulting Services
    • SWPPP Design
    • SWPPP Amendments
    • REAP (Rain Event Action Plan) Design
    • Erosion & Sediment Control and BMP Design
    • Post-Construction Measures
  •  Stormwater Multiple Application & Report Tracking Systems (SMARTS) Data Submitting
    • Construction General Permit
      • Notice of Intent (NOI)
      • Change of Information (COI)
      • Annual Report
      • SWARM (Storm Water Annual Report Monitoring) Summaries
      • Notice of Termination (NOT)
    • Industrial General Permit
      • Notice of Intent (NOI)
      • Permit Registration Documents (PRDs)
      • No Exposure Certification (NEC)
      • Notice of Non-Applicability (NONA)
      • Annual Report
      • ERA Action Plans (Level 1)
      • ERA Technical Reports (Level 2)
      • Sample Frequency Reduction Certification
      • Notice of Termination (NOT)

     Scott Environmental storm water inspectors have received CESSWI and QSP Certifications through EnviroCert International, Inc and CASQA (recognized as being a major qualification in the 2011-2012 Construction General Permit). We are also CalTrans Certified Water Pollution Control Managers (WPCM), and can inspect, sample, and monitor CalTrans projects.

California Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Compliance

     California State and Regional Water Quality Boards require a compliant Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) from contractors for the 2011-2012 Construction General Permit. A compliant SWPPP involves site planning and scheduling, limiting disturbed soil areas (DSAs), and determining selection of best management practices (BMPs). Important aspects of a compliant Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan include the mandatory documented SWPPP inspections, monitoring, sampling, reports including: authorized/unauthorized non-stormwater reports, weekly BMP inspections, Rain Event Action Plans (REAPs), documentation of weather tracking, and most importantly, training. To help avoid site visits and potential fines, developers must be vigilant about implementing the SWPPP according to the Construction General Permit guidelines and according to their site-specific Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (traditional and LUP jobsites, risk levels/types 1, 2, or 3) and Construction Site Monitoring Program (CSMP) and Monitoring & Reporting Program (M&RP). Finally, Scott Environmental will assist with all Annual Report Documentation in the SMARTS application system.

     Key components of SWPPP include:

Construction General Permit (CGP)
Clean Water Act (CWA)
Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC)
Monitoring and Reporting Requirements (MRR)
Notice of Intent (NOI)
Notice of Termination (NOT)
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
Rain Event Action Plan (REAP)
Storm Water Multiple Application Reporting and Tracking System (SMARTS)
Waste Discharge Identification Number (WDID)
Linear Underground/Overhead Projects (LUP) and Traditional Sites
Best Management Practices (BMP)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Qualified SWPPP Practioner (QSP)
Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD)
Qualifying Rain Event
Runoff Control

More About SWPPPs

     Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans are crucial to aid in compliance with water quality requirements during the construction phase of new development and significant redevelopment projects. Construction sites without supervision can release great amounts of sediment and discharges such as landscaping and soil residues, soaps, and detergents, wood preservatives, herbicides and pesticides, equipment fuels, coolants, lubricants, hydraulic fluids, cleaning solvents, paints, lacquers, and primers. These pollutants can be dispersed into storm water in several ways. They can be spilled, they can leak from heavy equipment, and/or they can be eroded by rain from exposed stockpiles or soils. Once these pollutants are released, they can be transported directly into creeks, bays, and eventually the ocean. These pollutants may impair recreational uses, degrade drinking water sources, contribute to algal blooms, and/or enter into aquatic food chains and wreck entire ecosystems. However, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans can effectively control pollutants and sediments discharged from construction sites.

     Following is a description of the various regulatory permits that have been adopted to address the water quality impacts from construction site runoff:

     In early 2002, the San Diego and Santa Ana Regional Boards issued NPDES permits that regulate storm water discharge from municipal storm drain systems. The permits require the County and cities to implement a program to eliminate specific pollutant discharges from construction activities by requiring the implementation of appropriate Best Management Practices (BMPs) on all construction sites. The six general categories of BMPs are erosion control, sediment control, sediment tracking control, wind erosion controls, non-storm water management, and construction waste management.

     There is also a General Construction NPDES permit that has been subsequently amended to include smaller construction sites. This permit applies to construction sites with one acre or greater of soil disturbance, or less than one acre but part of a greater common plan of development. In order to comply with the requirements of this permit, a Notice of Intent (NOI) for coverage needs to be submitted, a stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) needs to be developed, and BMPs to address construction site pollutants need to be implemented.

     County and City construction site requirements are coordinated with, but separate from, the General Construction Permit. The General Construction permit applies regardless of whether a construction site discharges directly to a municipal storm drain system, or to receiving waters.

     Construction projects are required to comply with two interrelated sets of municipal directives with respect to water quality management: (1) compliance with applicable discharge prohibition requirements set forth in the Water Quality Ordinance to prevent unauthorized non-storm water discharges, and (2) implementation of BMPs to the maximum extent practicable, in accordance with the SWPPPs and local agency requirements, to reduce contaminants in storm water discharges.

     Follow this link to determine which Regional Water Board has jurisdiction of your project. The map is clickable. There is also a dropdown to the webpages of the individual water quality boards in California.

CESSWI Mission Statement

     The mission of the Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI) Program is to serve the public trust through the certification of individuals who are technically and ethically qualified to provide nationally consistent inspections of erosion, sediment, and storm water management practices for compliance with an approved site plan/Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) including compliance with applicable (local, state, provincial and federal) laws and regulations.