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What Is a Stormwater Inspector?

At Silver Leaf SWPPP, we have several registered stormwater inspectors on staff to serve our clients. But what exactly is a stormwater inspector, and what do they do for builders and developers? Our team explains below why it’s important to have a stormwater inspector on your side on all your projects.



SWPPP Plans


SWPPP plans are necessary across the U.S., though the rules can vary from state to state. Construction companies usually need a stormwater pollution prevention plan when they are disturbing at least an acre of land. The intention of SWPPPs is to prevent pollution of nearby waterways as a result of rain falling on construction sites and washing away dirt, trash and contaminants.


SWPPP Inspectors


Stormwater inspectors, also known as SWPPP inspectors, are certified by the state they are in to conduct inspections of the construction site to ensure SWPPP plans are being followed to the letter.

When you hire Silver Leaf SWPPP, we draw up your SWPPP for you and explain exactly what you need to do to follow it. However, inspections by a registered stormwater inspector are part of every SWPPP. SWPPPs can be complicated to follow, and guidance and oversight by experts is necessary to ensure all precautions are taken. Furthermore, SWPPP rules change frequently. Silver Leaf SWPPP stays abreast of these changes to help keep our clients in compliance.


Requirements for Becoming a SWPPP Inspector


In Utah, prospective SWPPP inspectors must have a high school diploma or a GED. They must take a qualifying SWPPP class and after completion, they must take an exam and get at least a 70%. Next, they must complete 10 SWPPP inspections under the supervision of a registered stormwater inspector.


A stormwater inspector’s registration is good for two years; however, during these two years, stormwater inspectors must take at least eight hours of continuing education and perform at least 10 SWPPP inspections.


What Our Stormwater Inspectors Do for You


We conduct each SWPPP inspection according to state and federal regulations, checking to be sure you are following your SWPPP correctly. If we find any errors or discrepancies, we communicate those to you so that you can correct them right away. This is how you stay in compliance with your SWPPP and avoid fines for violations or negligence.


We also keep all your SWPPP documents — including stormwater inspection reports — on file for three years after the completion of your project. That way, if anyone should try to call your compliance into question, you have proof that you have done your due diligence.


Trust Silver Leaf SWPPP


Many a Utah contractor has been tripped up by how convoluted SWPPPs can be. Unfortunately, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality does not accept ignorance of the law as an excuse. Play it safe and hire an experienced, thorough company to help you with your SWPPP. Contact Silver Leaf SWPPP today with any questions you have about construction stormwater general permits, post-construction stormwater management plans or erosion control solutions.

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