Starting this month, I will be blogging on topics related to the Stormwater Program. I hope these blogs will be helpful.

As you all know, Stormwater runoff causes erosion and flooding, picking up industrial pollutants, oils, sediments etc., especially from the urban areas, impacting waterways. These impacts include changes in hydrology and water quality, increased flooding, sedimentation and erosion, aquatic habitat modification and loss.

To reduce these impacts on waterways, the Clean Water Act authorizes EPA to regulate point sources i.e., Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems, Construction Activities and Industrial Activities, that discharge pollutants into waters of the US through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Stormwater Program. In addition, most municipalities have adopted their own laws and ordinances for stormwater management in their area.

Stormwater Management refers to managing the amount of runoff and the quality of stormwater through Best Management Practices (BMPs). BMPs must be identified in accordance with the facility/city requirements with the goal of minimizing the impact to stormwater from on-site activities. The facility must also inspect and maintain BMPs in accordance to the permit conditions to ensure effective operation.

In my upcoming blogs, I will talk about different stormwater permits, BMPs, resources and tools.

Please feel free to contact me at shrivani@smithmanage.com if you have any questions or need any assistance regarding the Stormwater Program.  Shri Vani Sripada is a Project Engineer at Smith Management Group.