Maintaining a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan or SWPPP is an important activity that many companies in the U.S. participate in to help protect our stormwater from being polluted. When written and managed properly, these site-specific plans will do three key things:
- Identify potential sources of stormwater pollution from a company’s operational activities and/or processes
- Describe specific control measures (or Best Management Practices) a company will employ to help reduce and/or prevent pollutants from being discharged into the stormwater
- Identify the tasks a company will undertake to ensure those control measures are effective—and what to do if they’re not
More simply put, a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is really a set of instructions for how to keep the potential pollutants generated by a company’s operational activities from impacting the local stormwater—and for a lot of companies, it’s legally required. Keeping up with an SWPPP is really a matter of making sure the plan itself is up to date (especially as operational changes are made) and making sure the Best Management Practices or BMPs are effectively preventing stormwater pollution.
If you’re already a customer who is using our Audit Management Module and would like to see how easy it is to conduct your environmental inspections using software instead of paper, download this spreadsheet for access to a Quarterly Visual Monitoring Inspection question set that you can edit or upload as is and try it out.