The term “best management practices,” or BMP, was introduced and defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a practice or combination of practices that is an effective, practicable means of preventing or reducing the amount of pollution.
BMPs are best management practices. They include schedule of activities, prohibition of practices, maintenance procedures and other management practices to prevent or reduce the discharge of pollutants to US waters.BMPs are required to be identified in the SWPPP when your state requires a SWPPP. Examples include: silt fencing, vegetative strips, hydroseeding, mulching, etc.
NOI is a Notice of Intent and is the permit application required for NPDES.
As stated previously, the NOI traditionally requires that a SWPPP be created, a permit be filed, and compliance with the permit be enacted (this includes inspections and use of BMPs). The NOT is the Notice of Termination signifying that the construction activity is completed. It illustrates the permittee has achieved final stabilization on all portions of responsible work.
Alpha EMC prepares packets for our clients for NOIs and NOTs to assist in filing.
Phase I In response to the 1987 Amendments to the Clean Water Act (CWA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed Phase I of the NPDES Storm Water Program in 1990. The Phase I program addressed sources of stormwater runoff that had the greatest potential to negatively impact water quality.
Phase II The Phase II Final Rule, published in the Federal Register on December 8, 1999, requires NPDES permit coverage for stormwater discharges from: Certain regulated small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s); and Construction activity disturbing between 1 and 5 acres of land.
If you are an Alpha EMC client, you can take a deep breath and relax. First, provide the regulatory agent all requested information and call your local Alpha EMC representative for further guidance. Our goal is to arrive at your site as quickly as possible and to provide you with additional support.