Stormwater management is more complex that simply erosion and sediment controls. This presentation begins with a discussion of the variety of NPDES program elements that affect the permitting strategy for all operators, but especially those within a common plan of development. The first section covers variations with NPDES general permits with a focus on Region 6 states. The section continues by noting how overlapping requirements from the USACE, FEMA, USFWS, and MS4 operators need to be identified and addressed in the development of the SWPPP. Drastically more complex is assigning responsibilities for various compliance elements with a common plan of development.
The second section of this presentation focuses on trouble-shooting stormwater with multiple operators, contractors, and subcontractors working together within adjacent or common plans of development. Stormwater projects may share controls. Operators may compromise protective measures. Inspectors and operators work to define responsibilities and conduct corrective actions. The responsibility for inspections, corrective actions, temporary and final stabilization, and Plan Management must be carefully thought out and defined by the SWPPP or SWPPPs in use at the project site.
Finally, this presentation ends with a review of the lessons learned, including the critical concepts of effective communication, patience through changes to projects, the cost of delays, and price of good plan preparation and implementation.