Stormwater Quality Management Services (SWQM)


Stormwater Quality (SWQ) permitting regulations exist to improve water quality and to minimize negative impacts of development on our watersheds. Without these programs, the effects that a growing community creates would have a devastating impact on our region’s already impaired rivers, streams and bayous. Harris County and the City of Houston each have a set of regulations regarding the post-construction stormwater management obligations that must be met by property owners.

When incorporating the specifics of SWQ regulatory requirements into the design of a development, the civil engineer calculates the volume of water to be treated, creates a Stormwater Quality Management Plan (SWQMP) and selects a stormwater quality treatment feature to fit the needs of the site. The resulting design must be approved by County or City engineers and a Stormwater Quality (SWQ) Permit is issued to the Owner of the property.

All of this happens before construction is permitted or commenced. On occasion, the SWQ permit and the SWQMP which guides compliance; are details the property Owner or Manager may not be fully aware of. If the SWQ permit is not renewed annually as required, and/or the stormwater quality feature is not inspected and maintained according to the SWQMP, the property Owner is out of compliance and will be subject to fines.

Property Compliance Services

Construction EcoServices provides a complete suite of turnkey services which assure property owners and managers that their properties are in compliance with SWQ permitting regulations.

Through sub-consultancy relationships, we also support Civil Engineers in their efforts to assure that their clients are fully knowledgeable and compliant.

Learn more about these services on our Property Compliance Services Details page.

  • Annual Re-Permitting
  • Ensuring Compliance
  • Erosion Control
  • Fertilizer Services and Over-Seeding
  • Final Seeding/Stabilization
  • Grading
  • Grate Replacement
  • Inspections
  • Maintenance
  • Mowing Services
  • Pond Maintenance and Remediation
  • Post Construction Certification
  • Sand Filter Construction & Maintenance
  • Stormwater System Clean-outs

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Stormwater Quality Management Plan
The SWQMP describes the design and operation of permanent stormwater quality systems (i.e. water quality ponds, ‘end-of-pipe’ water treatment.) These systems require permitting and annual maintenance. SWQMP is the property owners /managers responsiblity.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
The SWPPP is the plan to be executed and updated during construction in order to maintain compliance with laws governing stormwater discharge during the construction phase. SWPPP is temporary and is complete upon stabilization at the completion of construction.