Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP or SWP3 aka “SWIP”)

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans are required by industry and construction operations to control erosion and minimize chemical impact to stormwater runoff.

Stormwater runoff is generated from rain and snowmelt events that flow over land or impervious surfaces, such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, and does not soak into the ground. The runoff picks up pollutants like trash, chemicals, oils, and dirt/sediment that can harm our rivers, streams, lakes, and coastal waters. To protect these resources, communities, construction companies, industries, and others, use stormwater controls, known as best management practices (BMPs). These BMPs filter out pollutants and/or prevent pollution by controlling it at its source.

The owner or operator of the facility must develop and implement an SPCC Plan that describes oil handling operations, spill prevention practices, discharge or drainage controls, and the personnel, equipment and resources at the facility that are used to prevent oil spills from reaching navigable waters or adjoining shorelines.

Although each SPCC Plan is unique to the facility, there are certain elements that must be described in every Plan including: operating procedures at the facility to prevent oil spills, control measures (such as secondary containment) installed to prevent oil spills from entering navigable waters or adjoining shorelines, and countermeasures to contain, cleanup, and mitigate the effects of an oil spill that has impacted navigable waters or adjoining shorelines.

Every SPCC Plan must be prepared in accordance with good engineering practices. Every SPCC Plan must be certified by a Professional Engineer unless the owner/operator is able to, and chooses to, self-certify the plan.

EnviroNET has the expertise and professional resources to assess, develop and certify such plans.