Contractors and Developers

Building communities and maintaining water quality.

 
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In the state of Utah, contractors and developers are required to be in compliant with stormwater regulations. Through implementing a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) it ensures the construction project will minimize stormwater pollution. Construction sites are a well-known source of sediment and other pollutants which can cause significant harm to local water quality and flood control facilities.

Salt Lake County Stormwater Coalition offers trainings to maintain or be compliant when it comes to keeping the water clean. If the construction UPDES stormwater permits disturbing one or more acre of land, it is required.

 

Trainings + Resources available

  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Training

  • Design of Permanent Stormwater Management Systems

  • Industrial UPDES Stormwater Training

  • Maintenance of Municipal Stormwater Ponds

  • Maintenance of Municipal Biorention Systems

  • Non-point Source Pollution Education for Municipal Officials

 

Why should contractors and developers implement a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) at construction sites?

Required by Law: Before construction can begin, Site Construction Managers must obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Construction General Permit (CGP) for stormwater discharge (EPA 2007). A CGP requires developers and contractors to implement a SWPPP to enforce sediment and erosion control at construction sites. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state agencies can impose fines if an SWPPP is not carried out.

Reputation: Developers and Contractors with good reputations continue to gain work in the future as they build trust with the community and with State and Federal Agencies. Planning authorities, City Council, and local community groups want to know that Developers and Contractors are knowledgeable about and capable of using the Best Management Practices (BMPs) laid out in the SWPPP.  Developers and Contractors who create a quality product by using BMPS to conserve and protect the local environment become trusted partners in the community (Pitt, 2004).

Avoid Fines, Shutdowns, and Litigation:  Construction Site Operators (CSOs) can avoid fines that might accrue by not following the proper procedures.  CSOs can stay within their proposed timeline by avoiding shutdowns and litigation (EPA 2007).

Save Time and Money:  Most environmentally responsible BMPs save contractors time and money. The initial investment in materials and labor likely benefits in a greater payoff post construction (Pitt 2004).

Do the Right Thing: No matter how big or small a potential project might be, knowing that it was done in a manner that considered the natural environment and contributed to the community in a positive way always feels good.

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