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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.

Information on other key concepts directed towards the design of stormwater management systems are also provided within this section. Many engineers may find these pages as beneficial aids when it comes to initial designs and/or meeting all state and federal regulations.

Who will benefit most from this section? Contractors & Design Engineers


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