The Foundation Developing and Implementing Your Storm Water Management Program
Your SWMP is your vision for protecting water quality over the next five years and beyond
This important document must be well thought-out, taking into consideration aspects of your community in order to most efficientlyreduce the discharge of pollutants in urban runoff
6 program areas to focus on - Minimum Control Measures
Do things to stop this pollution. These things are known as Best Management Practices (BMPs)
BMPs Schedules of activities, prohibitions of practices, maintenance procedures, and other management practices to prevent or reduce the pollution of waters of the United States. BMPs also include treatment requirements, operating procedures, and practices to control site runoff, spillage or leaks, sludge or waste disposal, or drainage from raw material storage.
BMPs (cont.) • Its not necessarily what BMPs you choose, but why you chose them.
Resources to Protect • Local stream • Wetlands • Fishing Spot • Drinking water supply • Groundwater • The community • health, flooding
Protect it from what? • 303(d) listed for a specific pollutant • Pollutants of concern • Other known problems • litter, eutrophication, sediment (erosion) • “Urban Slobber” • from pet waste to brake lining to pesticides to everything we spill, spit, and drop on the ground
Existing Issues • Dumping areas • Localized flooding • Unsafe recreation areas • Unappealing recreation areas • Little open space
Community Characteristics • Industrial • Suburban • High Growth • Languages • Cultures What BMPs can you do to target these characteristics?
BMPs Required by the Permit • Basic elements of a storm water program
BMPs (cont.) • Suites of BMPs
Departments Public Works Water Resources Planning Parks etc. Other Entities City next door County/City County Health Dept. School Coordinate
Look at what you are already doing • Restaurant inspections • Household hazardous waste day • Handling complaints • Pollution Prevention Fair
BMP Resources • EPA’s BMP Toolbox • http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/menuofbmps/menu.cfm • CASQA’s BMP Handbooks • www.cabmphandbooks.com/ • (click on the pictures) • ASCE’s BMP Database • http://www.bmpdatabase.org/ • Others • www.swrcb.ca.gov/stormwtr/bmp_database.html
Funding ROAD BLOCKS? Street Widths for emergency vehicles “That’s not the way we do it” Opposition by the public to being regulated Vectors Resources Safety
Roadblocks • Try to anticipate them • Address them in your SWMP • Resolving them may be a task to be completed
Along with BMPs, measurable goals,time schedules, and responsible persons define your program
Is what you are doing working? • Evaluation/Assessment Parameters • Use the information that you are gathering to help tailor your program • Ex. If you continually have to clean out a particular storm drains because of sediment, you should focus on construction activity in that drainage area
Develop Assess Implement
Be open to new information Remember the Goal: Water Quality