“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
–Seneca, Roman Philosopher
• Storm Water Plans
SW3P = Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan
Storm Water Protection — Modern Landfill gives you the right tools for the job.
Typically, SW3Ps are developed with a one-size-fits-all mentality — like using a sledge hammer to drive nails.
Modern Landfill provides you with a storm water protection plan that fulfills the specific needs of your construction project.
Where was your SW3P Born?
Who wrote your Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SW3P)? Did the author visit your construction site? If your SW3P is like most in the construction industry, probably not. The majority of construction contractors rely on outside sources (usually engineers) to write their SW3Ps. These plans often spring forth from the writers’ desks as hastily as newspapers from a printing press. Is this the best way to prevent pollution?
Double-S Double-U Triple-P?
Modern Landfill provides Smart Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (2SW3Ps?), starting with intelligent perimeter sediment controls that are “appropriate as dictated by individual site conditions. ” From there, ML includes iSWM-recommended BMPs that manage your specific storm water needs, including silt and erosion control, plus material and waste management strategies—all based on actual observations of your project site.
The Costs of an Inappropriate SW3P
So what, you might think. The SW3P is usually a small part of my overall project cost. What’s the worst that can happen? What can a poor SW3P cost me? At the top of the list: Time . . . Money . . . Resources . . . Entire projects, even. You could be literally throwing money away because of your SW3P, but ML can put an end to that needless waste.
• Benefits of SW3Ps from Modern Landfill
In the Right Place, At the Right Time: Sediment Controls
Example Case: A local government agency endeavored to build a concrete walking and biking trail along the banks of a nearby river—about 12,000 linear feet of concrete, including a bridge across the river. The author of the storm water plan indicated silt fence on both sides of the entire length of the trail construction, even though the majority of the natural terrain was practically flat with thick vegetative buffer on either side. Most of the nearly 20,000 feet of silt fence looked like this:
Looking at the last picture, you might wonder, “Why is this silt fence hiding?” This project would have been better served by strategically placed silt fencing near creeks, drainage ditches, and low water crossings, saving 90% of installation time and as much as $50,000 (installation and removal).
The Goldilocks Syndrome: Sedimentation Basins
Will your project need a sedimentation basin? If so, how large should it be? If it’s too big, you provide excess capacity at significant additional cost—too small, and you risk overtopping it, or you’ll be constantly removing accumulated silt to keep it working effectively. You want any sedimentation basin to be just right.
Modern Landfill provides clear justification for the size of your sedimentation basin considering the relevant characteristics of your project site—acreage, runoff & erosion coefficients, slope steepness, etc.
Storm Water Violations = Extra Work & Delays
Don’t let commonly issued violations trip you up, causing more work and potentially debilitating delays—and fines up to $2,000 per violation per day. Because concrete waste products can be so toxic, storm water inspectors pay special attention to how you remove and/or place concrete. ML will ensure that your SW3P includes the best methods to contain saw cut slurries and truck washout water at your project site.