From our client:

The Haaland Group came in and saved the project over $1 million and untold months of planning and approval time. Without their solution, this whole project might have failed.

- Wayne Hill, Project Manager
Black Mountain Ranch, San Diego, CA


Storm Water Program Construction General Permit

Dischargers whose projects disturb one or more acres of soil or whose projects disturb less than one acre, but are part of a larger common plan of development that in total disturbs one or more acres, are required to obtain coverage under the General Permit for Discharges of Storm Water Associated with Construction Activity Construction General Permit Order 2009-0009-DWQ as amended by 2010-0014-DWQ (CGP). Construction activity subject to this permit includes clearing, grading and disturbances to the ground that also include stockpiling and excavation.

Haaland Group is also proud to offer services to address general permit compliance services for storm water discharges associated with industrial activities as well as municipal dischargers. The industrial storm water General Permit Order 97-03-DWQ (General Industrial Permit) and the Municipal Permit SWRCB Order No. 2003-0005-DWQ regulating small MS4 dischargers are in the process of being updated. The Haaland Group is actively involved in the State regulation process and is prepared to assist you in meeting your compliance obligations.

The Construction General Permit requires electronic (online) filing of permit registration documents (PRD’s). Included in the PRD’s is the development and implementation of a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and monitoring.

The SWPPP should contain a site map(s) which shows the construction site perimeter, existing and proposed buildings, lots, roadways, storm water collection and discharge points, general topography both before and after construction, and drainage patterns across the project. The SWPPP must list Best Management Practices (BMPs) the discharger will use to protect storm water runoff and the placement of those BMPs. Additionally, the SWPPP must contain a visual monitoring program; a chemical monitoring program for "non-visible" pollutants to be implemented if there is a failure of BMPs; and a sediment monitoring plan if the site discharges directly to a water body listed on the 303(d) list for sediment. Section A of the Construction General Permit describes the elements that must be contained in a SWPPP.

The new September 2, 2011 requirements under 2010-0014-DWQ rules include:
  • The appropriate, legally-responsible person (LRP)
  • Approved signatory requirements
  • The LRP for Linear-Underground Projects (LUP’s)
  • Transfer of LRP status
  • Electronic signature and certification requirements and requirements to only use the State Water Board’s Storm Water Multi Application & Report Tracking System (SMARTS) website

The Haaland Group can explain the intricacies of the new SWPPP regulations in simple, understandable language. Our specialized civil engineers have been working many years guiding our clients through the latest storm water regulations.

By: Rick Jones