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STORM WATER POLLUTION PREVENTION PLANS (SWPPPs)

 

Paramount for compliance with the General Construction Activity Permit is the development and preparation of a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).  This document outlines Best Management Practices (BMPs) designed to reduce the run-off of pollutants from the construction sites larger then one acre.  Everest Environmental, Inc. staff have prepared more than 300 SWPPP’s for contractors, developers, municipalities, agencies, and special districts.  Our SWPPP services do not end once the report has been approved.  Most of our clients retain our services to provide many SWPPP maintenance procedures.  SWPPP maintenance typically includes onsite stormwater compliance inspection, amendment preparation and approval, wall map updating, Annual Certification of Compliance, Change of Information, and Notice of Termination request.  Our SWPPP’s have been complemented for their accuracy, content, and format.  We are recommended sub-contractors by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, City of Oceanside, County of Santa Barbara and City of Moreno Valley.  Our staff has prepared SWPPP’s on environmentally sensitive projects with special permits issued by all Regional Water Quality Control Boards (Water Quality Certification), Department of Fish & Game, and Army Corps of Engineer’s.  

 

NOTICE OF INTENT (NOI) APPLICATION

 

In order to gain coverage under the General Construction Permit all applicants must complete the Notice of Intent (NOI) Application to receive respective Waste Discharge Identification (WDID) numbers.  This Application includes detailed information with regards owner and developer contact information, pervious/impervious area percentage calculations, milestone construction dates, and receiving water designation.  Everest Environmental, Inc. has experienced working with the State Water Resources Control Board and NOI Application in gaining coverage for our clients.

 

CHANGE OF INFORMATION (COI) EXECUTION

 

Change of Information (COI) forms are executed to reduce the area under which a developer or contractor is responsible for storm water coverage.  Many of Everest Environmental 's clients are large developers.  Developers are under heavy scrutiny by the State Water Resources Control Board and must protect their assets.  Part of this protection includes filing a COI for parts of the developer’s project which have been sold or transferred to the homeowner or home builder.  Everest Environmental, Inc. provides its clients with COI execution on land transactions from several acres, to individual lots.

 

ANNUAL CERTIFICATION OF COMPLIANCE

 

Those with coverage under the General Construction Permit, who have projects with a duration greater then one year, are required to make an Annual Certification of Compliance to the State Water Resources Control Board.  This process includes gathering site specific information with regards to construction activities, storm water compliance inspections, and sampling and analytical data.  Everest Environmental, Inc. has contracted with many of our clients to do all SWPPP related maintenance including Annual Certification of Compliance preparation.

  

NOTICE OF TERMINATION (NOT)

 

Once a construction site or development is completed, coverage under the General Construction Permit must be terminated.  Notice of Termination (NOT) requests are typically made once the all major site features have been completed and the site has reached 70% vegetative cover of its natural state.  Everest Environmental, Inc. has prepared hundreds of NOTs for our clients through-out the State of California.

 

NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (NPDES) TRAINING

 

Everest Environmental, Inc. has provided National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) training, as required by the General Construction Activity Permit, for thousands of attendee’s.  Our training staff has spent countless hours preparing client specific training programs for clients ranging from large developers to agencies.  Everest Environmental training classes have been recognized for being educational, cutting edge, and engaging.  Our trainers have traveled the state training Caltrans Engineering Staff on Sampling and Analysis Modification (Resolution 2001-046) and have conducted well over 150 training classes.

 

SAMPLING AND ANALYSIS PLAN PREPARATION

 

Changes to the General Construction Permit mandated the preparation of Sampling and Analysis Plans on all construction sites over one acre.  These plans outline a strategy for collecting storm water run-off and run-on samples for multiple pollutants.  Everest Environmental, Inc. has prepared hundreds of Sampling and Analysis plans on small and large projects many with special permits issued by all Regional Water Quality Control Boards (401 and 404 Water Quality Certification), Department of Fish & Game, and Army Corps of Engineer’s.  Our expert staff has the environmental background to be aware of sensitive habitat and the construction experience necessary to work in these areas. 

 

STORM WATER SAMPLING

 

Everest Environmental, Inc. staff has conducted collection of construction site storm water samples for many of our clients.  This clinical procedure must be done with the utmost care and precision to ensure accurate analytical results.  Everest Environmental sampling teams have participated in the Caltrans First Flush Characterization Study, a multi-agency effort aimed towards determining pollutant loads form California Highways.  We have also collected storm water samples from construction sites owned by Ramona Unified School District, County of Los Angeles, Caltrans, and the Port of Long Beach.  Our staff has the training, expertise, and experience to collect water quality samples from any type of construction site, anywhere with-in the State of California.

 

WEATHER TRIGGERED ACTION PLAN PREPARATION / RAIN EVENT TRIGGERED ACTION PLAN

 

Since San Diego County began mandating Weather Triggered Action Plans Everest Environmental, Inc. has been there to assist contractors and developers with this new requirement.  Our staff has prepared several Weather Triggered Action Plans which have allowed our clients to continue to reach their goal of completed projects on time and under budget. 
New, Draft General Construction Permit verbiage includes the development of Rain Event Triggered Action Plans (REAPs).  Ultimatley REAPs will be part of SWPPP documents for most projects with-in the State of Califonia.  Everest Environmental, Inc. has the ability and experiance to assit our clients with this, and any other, new requirement. 

FIELD COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE INSPECTION

 

The General Construction Permit requires applicants to perform regular inspections of the construction site for proper implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs).  These inspections must be conducted at regular intervals during the non-rainy and rainy seasons, prior to a forecast rain event, at 24 hour intervals during extended rain events, and post-rain event.  Our highly experienced team of inspectors have conducted over 2000 storm water compliance assistance inspections through-out the State of California.  Our staff of inspectors, which come from various environmental and construction backgrounds, are vastly experienced in field compliance and have the ability to recognize site characteristics which may develop into NPDES compliance issues.  Everest Environmental, Inc. inspectors audit the entire project site, then prepare an inspection report.  This report notes the inspector’s observations and opinions regarding the client’s level of compliance with the General Construction Permit.  During the inspection process our inspector’s review the site SWPPP for current field paperwork including inspection forms, SWPPP amendments, SWPPP updates, annual reports, training documentation, etc.  The report is intended to summarize findings of the inspection for the site superintendent and/or the client.

FUGITIVE DUST CONTROL PLAN (PM-10)

 

State and local Air Quality Management Districts (AQMDs) require detailed plans for the abatement and control of wind blown dust particles.  Everest Environmental, Inc. staff have prepared Fugitive Dust Control Plans (FDCPs) for contractors, developers, and special agencies.  Our staff has the ability to prepare FDCPs for all AQMP Districts and has ample experiance in FDCP preparation with-in the Coachella Valley in accordance with Rule 403.1. 

LEAD COMPLIANCE PLAN (LCP)

 

Lead Compliance Plans are required on projects where lead may be encountered during construction activities.  This report, typically associated with  highway right-of-way construction, must be approved and stamped by a Certified Industrial Hygenist.  Everest Environmental, Inc is a full service environmental consulting firm and has completed this requirement for several of our clients.