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Can I sample Snow Melt as a Stormwater Sample under my NPDES permit?

  
  
  

It’s nearing the end of December, and your quarterly NPDES stormwater sample is due – but you didn’t get it done! To make matters worse, now your site is covered under a few inches of snow, and it doesn’t look like you’ll get any unfrozen precipitation for months. What are you going to do?!

Snowmelt! Does It Count as a Stormwater Sample?

  
  
  

This time of the year, every year, I get asked about how to take a stormwater sample when everything is covered with snow or is frozen. Many NPDES stormwater discharge permits require stormwater monitoring, but how can it be done if everything's frozen or covered in snow?

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