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How to do a stormwater visual inspection the right way.

by Doug

Here's how to do a stormwater visual inspection.

Nearly every NPDES stormwater discharge permit in the United States, from the Federal Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) to state MSGPs and other state-specific stormwater discharge permits, a very common requirement in many of them is that permit holders (that means you) conduct "visual monitoring" of their stormwater discharges.

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Topics: Stormwater Permits, Stormwater Training, New Jersey Stormwater Permits

How to pick a water testing lab for stormwater or process water sampling.

by Chris

Learn why the right water testing lab for stormwater or process waste water matters!

In today's age, running a business comes with a lot of responsibilities. One thing we see tightening up more and more, whether it's pressure from 3rd party environmental groups or government regulators, is your environmental responsibilities. Just about anyone across this country that owns or operates any type of industrial facility has probably heard of NPDES stormwater permits. If you haven’t heard of them, read What are NPDES stormwater permits?

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Topics: Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits, Stormwater Training, New Jersey Stormwater Permits

Stormwater vs Process Water: Whats the difference?

by Chris

Learn the difference between stormwater and process waste water.

When it comes to NPDES permits, whether you're in New Jersey, Florida, Hawaii, you name it, there's a huge difference with regards to stormwater and process water. Most, if not all, NPDES permits have very strict and specific regulations for stormwater and process water.

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Topics: Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits, Stormwater Training, New Jersey Stormwater Permits

Can I report No Discharge (NODI) on my DMRs if I don't get a stormwater sample?

by Doug

No Discharge on a DMR? Learn if you're putting yourself at risk.

Having a NPDES stormwater permit means having responsibilities, such as doing your regular stormwater sample reporting, usually via a Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR), which can be a very intimidating task. Particularly, now that electronic reporting is a requirement and is being implemented almost everywhere in the US.

The entire DMR process is now confusing, complicated, poorly functioning, full of "codes" and more headaches. So what should you do if you don't get a stormwater sample? If you're tempted to enter "NODI" or "no discharge" on that DMR, you should think twice.

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Topics: Stormwater Permits, Stormwater Training, New Jersey Stormwater Permits

Is a New York SPDES Stormwater Permit the same as a SWPPP?

by Doug

Learn the difference between SPDES Permits and SWPPPs.

We get it. A lot of what we talk about is nothing but alphabet soup. SPCC Plans. Tier II CRTK Reporting. There's a lot of acronyms out there in the environmental world, and while I'm sure you're an expert in your own business, all these acronyms can get very confusing to people who aren't environmental professionals.

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Topics: Stormwater Permits

NPDES Stormwater Permits & Hurricanes

by Chris

Learn what Hurricane Harvey or Irma means to anyone with NPDES stormwater permits.

The recent devastating hurricanes to hit the United States dropped unprecedented, record-setting amounts of rainfall on areas in Florida, Texas and many other states in the continental U.S., as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The destruction from both Hurricane Irma and Harvey was massive and unfortunately resulted in numerous deaths, the ultimate tragic result of these hurricanes.

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Topics: Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits

4 EASIEST ways to get better stormwater samples from your stormwater outfall discharge point.

by Chris

We explain how you can get better stormwater samples from our stormwater outfall.

For anyone out there that works at or operates an industrial facility, chances are you have (or need!) an NPDES permit. Might be for stormwater, might be for a commingled discharge, but the point is most operations have some sort of permit they need to stay in compliance with. Even more to the point, you probably have to sample stormwater leaving your site and get it tested.

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Topics: Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits, New Jersey Stormwater Permits