Did you know that if your project disturbs one or more acres of land, you must have a permit for storm water discharges from the site?
Excessive amounts of sediment and debris from construction sites are often washed into local water bodies during a storm. Construction vehicles can leak fuel, oil and other harmful fluids that can be picked up by storm water as well.
What to do?
Under a new regulation, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) requires that before starting construction, a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) be developed. The SWPPP is a plan for erosion and sediment control, and possibly other management practices.
Before construction activity begins, a Notice of Intenet (NOI) must be filed with the DEC affirming that a SWPPP has been prepared and is being implemented.
If you begin construction before filing an NOI and obtaining coverage, you may be subject to a penalty of up to $25,000 per violation, per day.
It could easily take up to 60 business days to get a permit, but often only takes five business days. The length of time depends on the type of construction site involved. It also depends on the existing levels of pollution in the water bodies to which storm water from the site will discharge.
For more information: Visit the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Tools available from the DEC
Permit-SPDES General permit for storm water discharges from construction activities (GP-02-01)
Guidance- Overview of the SPDES general permit for storm water discharges from construction activities
Instruction manual for storm water construction permit
Technical Information- New York State storm water management design manual
NYS Standards and Specification for erosion and sediment control (also known as the Blue Book)
New York Contractor's erosion and sediment control field notebook