By Austin Stiles, Lead Compliance Manager - Iowa/Kentucky // 2021-01-21
A SWPPP is a dynamic, “living” document. As the construction process progresses, the plans for how construction will occur are always changing. As these adjustments to the construction plans are made, the SWPPP must be amended to reflect the changes that are occurring on site. Amending the SWPPP allows the operator to update their SWPPP book rather than making a new SWPPP to include changes from the initial plans.
These amendments not only apply for updates made to the construction plans but also for items such as but not limited to:
- When a permit is renewed or revised, the revision should be added to the Amendment Log as well as the updated permit being added to the SWPPP.
- If the operator’s or contractor’s information changes, a comment is to be made in the Amendment Log as well as the contact information being adjusted in the SWPPP. These adjustments can be made by simply crossing out the previous information and writing in the updated information.
- If a BMP listed in the civil plans is observed to be inefficient requiring a different more effective BMP to be used in its place, an amendment is required. Also, if a BMP specification is updated, the new specification should be added in place of the outdated specification.
- When a construction schedule changes date of operation should be changed in the SWPPP. Some Construction General Permits require an anticipated date and then an actual date for each phase of construction.
- The renewal of a Construction General Permit. This typically occurs every 5 years and the SWPPP must be updated to conform with the new regulations.