By Brooks Morse // 2020-08-10
Does your project have a perfect record? Does your site have any corrective actions? Whether your project is designed with on-site retention or directly conveys into an MS4 or water of the U.S. – the SWPPP (Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan) should always reflect onsite conditions and notate even the smallest degree of stormwater impacts on your site.
Poorly performed inspection activities, including recordkeeping, remain one of the top violations. It is in the best interest of the project that the work be taken seriously from day one. In most cases, a stormwater regulator will obtain and inspect your SWPPP prior to inspecting the site. These regulators will examine your plan, your logs and your corrective actions. These corrective actions are of the most importance because they record items that failed and how they were fixed. Most states and local stormwater authorities require these corrective actions be documented within 24 hours and completed within 7 days. So, if the item was documented and fixed the regulator will not typically issue a violation. They often do issue a violation for items that were ignored or not recorded. Therefore having a corrective action free or “perfect site” is a red flag.