If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll understand why it’s so important to have an effective stormwater management plan in place. We’ve talked at length about the drawbacks of stormwater to the environment, but what about its benefits?
Unless you have already needed to facilitate it, the term “stormwater management” is likely to be a little confusing the first time you hear it. What does it mean? And how is it important to you?
Stormwater management is a part of stormwater compliance. This is a responsibility by law of municipalities and certain other entities such as farms, and to be permitted to discharge any stormwater from your premises you need to have an active, effective, and up to date stormwater management plan.
There are numerous different ways of designing a stormwater management plan, and one of these may include the use of plants to improve stormwater treatment.
Plants and trees not only provide visual appeal and generate fresh oxygen; they also play an important role in the treatment of stormwater. Plants and trees are living organisms and they can help to mitigate pollution loads that discharge from a stormwater drainage area.
As we know, all commercial and industrial interests need to have a stormwater management plan to mitigate the impact of stormwater runoff from their premises. But there is a lot individuals can do too, to play their own part in reducing the impact of stormwater pollution, right in their own back yard.
If you run a construction business, stormwater management is a crucial consideration for you, and stormwater inspections will need to be carried out on a regular basis. But exactly what is involved in stormwater inspections?
According to California State Law, owners and operators of construction enterprises need to obtain permits and have in place a stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP). Part of obtaining this and complying with regulations involves having regular stormwater inspections.
Stormwater management in California is a crucial part of protecting the environment and the water supply from pollutants. Stormwater can be a real nuisance in so many ways. Yet in one of the nation’s driest states, stormwater could also represent an innovative way to overcome challenges faced by residents of California as a result of the droughts we so commonly deal with.
You’ve heard the term “MS4 Permit”. But do you know what it means?
Each state within the USA has its own regulations relating to storm water management. California has, for twenty years, regulated the runoff and treatment of stormwater in its industrial and municipal sources. Urban storm water in California is considered to be a primary impairment source for ten percent of all local rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and almost twenty percent of all estuaries (source: 2010 Integrated Report). This is high considering only six percent of all California’s land mass is urbanized.