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Storm Water Pollution and Oil Spill Prevention

Need help with preparation of Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP or SWP3), or Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plans?   Contact Savannah Environmental Consulting (SEC).

Photo of marina, discharge to ditch, storm water runoff to sewer, silt fencing along construction area, and poor drum storage.

Marina presents spill potential. Spill prevention and storm water pollution prevention requirements must be met.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

Under Section 309 of the CWA, penalties for violating the permit or not having a permit to discharge into the waters of the U.S. may be up to $37,500 per violation per day. Under Section 311, a Class I penalty may be assessed in an amount of up to $10,000 per violation, not to exceed $25,000; a Class II penalty may be assessed in an amount of up to $10,000 per day per violation, but not to exceed $125,000. (Source EPA)

Fines can go up to $37,500 per violation per day.  Check out rule $37,500.

CWA Enforceable Requirements

EPA-Clean Water Act Statute, Regulations & Enforcement

"EPA Finding Many Industrial Dischargers Failing to Obtain Storm Water Permits as Law Requires" Volume 4, Number 1 (January 2001) (PDF, 156 KB, 6 pages)


Discharge to ditch


Additional information on storm water runoff from EPA site.

More on storm water runoff.


Additional enforcement information - click link

EPA Further Extends Effective Date of Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Requirements That Were Finalized in December 2008

  • Savannah Environmental Consulting, Inc. (SEC) professional engineer (PE) can help you develop a  certified Clean Water Act (CWA) Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan.

  • SEC can help you prepare a facility response plan (FRP) and storm water pollution prevention plan (SWPPP or SWP3).

  • Need help with your storm water discharge Notice of Intent (NOI) submission, TDMLs, other environmental reporting,  or response to a Notice of Violation (NOV)?

  • Need help with the development of Best Management Practices (BMP) for your site?

  • Check out other Services for more information.

  • Contact SEC for help with simple interceptor and oil water separators!

Does your storm water runoff into sewer grate inlet have an oil sheen? If yes you need to develop a BMP.

Georgia EPD finalizes its NPDES industrial storm water permit GAR0500000 on April 16, 2012. Effective date of permit is June 1, 2012. Facilities with listed SIC code are subject to permitting requirements, as well as the development of a SWP3 or SWPPP.

Who is Subject to Phase I the NPDES Storm Water Program and needs a permit?

Storm water runoff from construction area to sewer catch basin, due to lack of BMPs. A silt fence or other pollution prevention controls are required.




Above photo shows a silt fence or best management practice (BMP), that is not performing as designed at construction site.


Parking lot stormwater runoff, if contaminated, may impact adjacent ditch.

Break in silt fencing along construction area allowing stormwater runoff to leave site. Best management practices (BMPs) to prevent pollution are required for construction and industrial sites.


Avoid release from drum storage to drainage ditch

Marinas and other industrial facilities may be subject to storm water permitting, based on the SIC code (see above link for code). If facility is covered, it must develop a storm water pollution prevention plan (SWPPP or SWP3). Contact SEC for preparation of SWPP Plans.

Silt fence failure with wash out to water


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