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Land Disturbance

This  section was designed to provide information on the fundamentals of stormwater management. In this section, one will be able to learn the essentials concepts needed to understand and implement SWPPPs (Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan) and BMPs (Best Management Practices).

The NPDES Permit Program is another topic covered under this section, and it is one of the main driving forces behind the majority of the mandated state and federal regulations. Under the NPDES Permit Program, stormwater discharges are considered point sources and operators of these sources may be required to receive an NPDES permit before they can discharge.

This NPDES Program was created through the authorities granted in The Clean Water Act, which was enacted by Congress and signed by the President to establish such environmental programs. The basis behind this act is to protect the Nation's waters and directs EPA to develop, implement, and enforce regulations consistent with this law.

Construction Activities

BMP Handbook

Click here to learn more about the various State Regulations concerning Stormwater Management

Design Guidance

Final Stabilization

Click here to learn more about the various Stormwater Rules and Notices presented by the EPA.

Regulated MS4s

Site Inspections

Click here to learn more about the various Federal Acts that may impact NPDES permitting.

Land Disturbing Activities refer to any alteration of natural or existing ground coverage through the use of conventional and unconventional methods in order to adapt the land to better suit anthropogenic desires. Some exampls include stump removal, clear cutting, grading, and the dissappearance of vegetative cover due to excessive vehicle exposure.

Land Disturbing Activity means any use of the land by any person that results in a change in the natural cover or topography that may cause erosion and contrubute to sediment and alter the quality and quantity of stormwater runoff.”
 SC  Regulations 72-301 – Definitions.

The majority of Land-Disturbing Activities will be required to apply for covered or exemption under South Carolina’s Construction General Permit in order to be in compliance with the NPDES permit program. Specific requirements of the permit application for coverage and approval process are generally based on the extent of the land disturbing activity.

Please refer to SC Regulations 72-305.B (1-5) – Permit Application and Approval Process for more details.

There are a few activities that are exempted from coverage. All Land Disturbing Activities that are exempt from coverage are listed in SC Regulations 72-302 – Exemptions, Waivers and Variances from the Law.

More Information on Construction Related Activities



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