Rain. It seems like we either can’t get enough of it or we are wondering if it’s ever going to stop! As I write this, most of the western states in the U.S. are experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions and more than 50 active wildfires are burning. Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania and some other northeastern states, residents and emergency planners can’t tell you the last time they saw the sun, and are cautiously watching riverbanks and monitoring low-lying areas for flood conditions.
Whether the waters are rising or the reservoirs are shrinking in your corner of the world, take a few minutes this Rain Day (July 29) to go jump in a puddle if you’ve got one, or do a rain dance if you wish you had a puddle. When you’re done with that, review what steps your facility is taking to prevent water pollution and preserve water resources in your area.
Even if it isn’t time to renew your National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit or Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures plan, take some time to review your facility’s current best management practices (BMPs) when it comes to rain, flooding and stormwater.
If you’re just getting started with stormwater permitting, check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) guidance document for ideas on how to structure a plan that will make the permit process go smoother.
For those of you who have already established more seasoned plans, challenge yourself to come up with three new BMPs that can be implemented into your plan. Here are our solutions to give you a jump start so that you can get back to jumping in that puddle.