Last month, shortly after the new Construction General Permit was issued, EPA made available a new template for those developing stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs).
The 59-page template is useful as a checklist of the things construction operators should remember to include, although probably not all of the items will apply to any single site. It also prompts those preparing the SWPPP to ask questions they should have answers to but might possibly overlook, such as whether any TMDLs are in place, and for what pollutants, for any of the site’s receiving waters. It includes appendices with instructions to attach site maps, training logs, grading logs, inspection and other forms, and additional documentation.
The trick with all such templates and checklists, of course, is that if you don’t understand the processes in the first place, the template won’t help you figure it out; it’s not going to tell you which BMPs are most appropriate for a particular site or how to install them. But it does offer a standard format and is probably a time-saver, especially for those who don’t routinely prepare SWPPPs.
The template and other information—such examples of completed SWPPPs and sample inspection reports—are available here.
Have you used the new SWPPP template, or do you have something similar that you use when creating SWPPPs?
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