Stormwater Maintenance & Compliance
Stormwater is runoff that occurs when rainwater flows over land or other impervious surfaces and does not infiltrate the soil. The earth was designed to naturally absorb rainfall back into the soil. But as our society has progressed and more and more buildings, roads, and parking lots take up space, the water simply has no were to go. As it runs off roadways and roofs it brings with it all the pollutants and sediment that will ultimately end up in our streams, lakes, and ponds.
SCM’s (Stormwater Control Measures) include retention ponds, bioretention basins, stormwater wetlands, and bioswales. These practices are designed to control and treat stormwater before it makes it to our streams and water bodies. Essentially SCM’s utilize natural materials (plants, soil media, mulch) to filter out pollutants and sediments. These systems MUST be maintained and kept it working order to remain efficient at doing their jobs.
Neglected SCM’s will eventually become an unsightly mess and will require expensive renovation to function properly again.
Control and treatment of stormwater runoff in the US was mandated by the Clean Water Act of 1972. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requires businesses, municipalities, and states to have programs and infrastructure in place to control and treat pollutants in stormwater. In order to stay compliant with NPDES permitting, and to avoid hefty fines, all stormwater SCM’s must be regularly inspected and maintained to function properly. Fortunately, Clearwater is able to provide a certified inspection and maintenance service for all SCM’s.