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WHAT IS OUR COMPLIANCE ASSURANCE PROGRAM?
Worry-Free Compliance Assurance
For worry-free compliance assurance, we combine our SWPPP Implementation and Documentation services into a Compliance Assurance Program CAP for your site. By doing so, you’re able to effectively transfer the entire SWPPP compliance logistics burden from your shoulders to ours.
Your project’s Compliance Assurance Plan is provided from start-up and filing of the Notice of Intent (NOI) through final stabilization of the site and filing of the Notice of Termination (NOT). Your CAP consists of a comprehensive suite of services that assures compliance on your site.
What are the net results of our Compliance Assurance Program?
Superintendents are burdened with new regulatory compliance requirements seemingly with the start of every new project. Dealing with them on a day-to-day basis is time consuming and it lowers productivity. Our focus on the stormwater compliance component of your project frees your Project Management and Supervisory personnel to focus on generating revenue (and staying on time and under budget) rather than being distracted, sidetracked and often unconsciously running up overhead dealing with the minutiae of compliance.
Our SWPPP business unit was created specifically to provide turnkey TPDES compliance solutions and we deliver those services to the leading General Contractors and Owners in this region. As a result we bring economies of scale, the cost savings inherent in repetitive action, and the focus offered by specialization to bear on your stormwater compliance obligations. The simple fact is that we can provide better compliance more cost-effectively than you can do it yourself.
Unlike the other drawings in your plan set, the SWPPP drawings aren’t sacred. By law, they were made to be modified during the course of construction to fit the changing needs of the site. On site and on your side, we evaluate project sites to determine what temporary erosion controls are actually necessary to meet your regulatory obligations without wasting time, energy or money. When we find waste, we modify the SWPPP to reflect the realities of the site. In addition, our focus on TPDES/SWPPP issues means we’re qualified to make changes and it means we’re abreast of the latest methods and materials that can make your site controls more cost-effective.
Consistent application of a single set of compliance methods, materials and high visibility compliance components across all your sites pays many dividends. Among them is the ability to create awareness in the minds of regulatory compliance officers that your sites are uniformly and outstandingly compliant. Given their often overwhelming workload, compliance inspections at sites like yours become a low priority. We have proven strategies that can make that happen. Compliance officials win, you win, and the environment wins.
Hiring specialists to insure that full compliance with TPDES regulations is a certainty on every job site limits exposure to potentially devastating fines, possible imprisonment for company officers and the potentially damaging publicity associated with compliance related legal action. It also provides a cushion between you and the enforcement agency involved.
Our team is accountable for all stormwater compliance related issues at your sites. If there’s a problem, there’s no question about where to go for answers. No politics, no finger pointing, no gray areas, no excuses. As one old time Superintendent put it, we give you “one back to pat, one neck to wring.”
Latest Methods and Materials
We thrive on finding that unique new BMP product that drives down total costs and improves overall compliance, and we devote quite a bit of time and effort to doing so. We’ve introduced slice-inserted silt fence, under-grate area inlet IBPs, reusable curb inlet IPBs, synthetic hay bales, floculant infuse wattles and others filled with heavy-weight recycled tire chunks, and a variety of other new BMP products to Texas. It pays off for our clients in lower maintenance costs and greater confidence when the regulatory compliance officer stops by for a visit.
Just in Time – But Ahead of the Curve
As compliance enforcement ratchets up, the weight of the compliance burden grows. You only have other states where these regulations were localized several years ahead of Texas to see where we’re headed. Look at the history in other high visibility states. The time to implement a strategy that delivers consistent compliance is now.
A systematic approach, a reliable, experienced team that takes the SWPPP logistics burden off your shoulders, what could make your life more simple? One call. One point of contact. New project launches simplified. Compliance simplified. Compliance assured.
Expertise on Call
We make it our business to know what’s important to compliance officials and what’s not — and we’ll be there when you have questions, or when having the right relationship is important to resolving a problem.
So How Does It Actually Work?
We’ll provide you with a Request for Information (RFI) asking for the information required to complete your filing. On receipt of the information we’ll kick off the documentation process for your project. Then, we’ll:
- Complete the TPDES Notice Of Intent (NOI) for your site and file it electronically on your behalf.
- Complete and post onsite TCEQ Construction Large Site Notice (CSN) for your Phase I site or TCEQ Small Site Notice for your Phase II site.
- Determine the identity of, and make the proper written notification to, the MS4 in whose jurisdiction your site is located.
- Identify receiving waters and a variety of other important data related to your site.
- Complete the SWPPP and set up the project site binder and record keeping system.
- Provide and install purpose-specific SWPPP posting signage at the entrance to your site.
- Provide and install other SWPPP signage as needed, including signs at construction exits and concrete washouts to encourage SWPPP awareness and compliance by subcontractors.
- Provide SWPPP information and training on request for general contractor and subcontractor personnel at the pre-construction meetings or other gatherings.
- Have our qualified inspectors conduct weekly SWPPP compliance inspections on the 7-day cycle meeting TPDES regulations.
- Record the findings of compliance inspections in the jobsite SWPPP record keeping system and certify them. We’ll also e-mail a copy to the Project Manager or other party if you’d like.
- Amend the jobsite SWPPP as necessary to reflect ongoing changes and alterations as construction progresses, to meet TPDES ‘living document’ requirements.
- Monitor and provide advice on TPDES compliance related issues and challenges throughout the site as they develop.
- Provide communication to the jobsite Superintendent (and Project Manager if desired), with regard to compliance status and action items required as they arise.
- Be on call to provide support and mediation in conversations with regulatory compliance officers.
- Complete your TCEQ Notice Of Termination after final stabilization for Phase I sites, and complete the small site notification process for Phase II sites.
A Special CAP Plan for LEED Green Buildings
- A LEED certification process underscores the importance of Stormwater Pollution Prevention during construction activity by making compliance with these regulations one of the few prerequisites to the project management team in meeting the requirements for USGBC LEED Certification. Among others, additional deliverables include:
- LEED Related language, as specified by the USGBC Reference Guide, is incorporated into the SWPPP Narrative Plan.
- SWPPP-specific signage, a standard part of our traditional CAP program, is provided to LEED sites on reclaimed and recycled signs.
- Our selection of BMPs for these sites will include whenever possible, the use of BMP products and systems that are manufactured from recycled products, offer recycling of waste by-products, or utilize reclaimed materials.
- Our weekly LEED site inspections are photo-documents. The entire inspection report and accompanying photos are electronically provided to project management as well as site management personnel, after each inspection.
- One of our LEED accredited professionals is available to offer guidance or mediation, when stormwater compliance issues are raised, whether they be regulatory or LEED certification-related.
- At project close-out, we will provide all SWPPP documentation, filings, notifications, inspection reports and photo-documentation on a USB.
THE HIGHEST COMPLIANCE AT THE LOWEST COST
Given the changing nuances of enforcement, the growing tangle of overlapping enforcement agencies and the stiff consequences for non-compliance, our SWPPP services business exists to serve construction activity Operators and Owners in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, and Ft Worth, by implementing a set of compliance services that cover all facets of SWPPP compliance.
eBook – Top Ten SWPPP Compliance Issues
Learn the top ten most important issues you should be concerned with regarding construction site stormwater discharge regulations on a federal, state and local level.
- 5 most important BMPs to keep your job site compliant
- The violations enforcement officers have zero tolerance for
With an understanding of the basics, and attention to detail, this top ten will go a long way towards insuring your project is compliant with stormwater regulations.
START A PROJECT
If the highest level of compliance while reducing risk and lowering costs is important to you, then let’s work together. Tell us about your upcoming project and what you are looking for.
WHY CHOOSE US?
We focus on our customer’s success by providing the most appropriate, cost-effective, innovative and effective solutions. With our ability to customize and problem solve, we feel our experience and expertise is the fundamental “product” our clients buy.
Why Choose Us?
Established in 2002, we provide our clients a proven, systematic approach and a reliable experienced team that can take all compliance logistical burdens off your shoulders. What could make your life simpler? One call. One point of contact. New project launches simplified. Compliance simplified. Compliance assured.
Other key reasons to choose us:
- We provide the most appropriate, cost-effective, and innovative solutions
- Our experience and expertise is the fundamental “product” our clients buy
- We focus on our customer’s success
- Our high degree of integrity
- Our ability to customize and problem solve
- All our field crew are OSHA 30
- We are agents of stormwater change
If achieving the highest level of compliance while reducing risk and lowering costs is important to you, then let’s work together. We provide full turnkey stormwater management consulting and solutions. All field crew are OSHA 30 certified.
Tell us about your project and get a quick quote.
Stormwater: Why Care?
Stormwater management may seem like a relatively new industry, but it has actually been around since the Roman times. They knew, even back then, that managing stormwater runoff was a key issue to urban living. With poor stormwater management, both flooding and decease constantly wrecked havoc in ancient cities.
Not much has changed since then, except now, with more and more of the earth being covered over with cement and other impervious surfaces, the negative effects of poor stormwater management have increased exponentially. Our natural water supplies are at risk due to pollution and their lack of ability to recharge. The flowing of our waterways are at risk from erosion, sediment build up, and trash. And, our marine life is at risk, from all the chemicals finding their way into bodies of water.
Some may see stormwater management as just another unnecessary and unwanted cost to construction projects or property ownership and management. But, understanding the negative effects that poor or no stormwater management is causing should be a concern to us all. It effects where we live and play. It effects our marine-based food supply. It effects our dwindling water supply.
We care. It is why we do what we do.
While the rest of the country focused on treating one inch of rainfall, we were pushing the limits and learning how to manage the largest storms by using Low Impact Development (LID) / Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) solutions. We believed that if we could develop LID / GSI solutions in a place like Houston Texas, we could make them work anywhere.
Not only have we succeeded, but we have the the data, the case studies, and the experiences to prove it.
Since 2005, the team at Construction EcoServices and it’s partners around the country have dedicated their work to both the big discoveries and the small, that have drastically improved the performance and reliability of Low Impact Development. Collectively, they have been compiled here on this site, so that you may take advantage of the knowledge that has come from our success and failures.