NES Storm Water Consulting & Compliance Programs

NES Storm Water Consulting & Compliance Programs

NES offers a wide range of storm water consulting services for industrial facilities located throughout California and the western states. Our team of experienced Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioners (QISP) and Trainers of Record (ToR) have developed consulting programs designed to make compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits a simple and understandable process. NES is here to help your environmental team navigate the complex and everchanging world of industrial storm water compliance.

Our Team

 

NES offers a wide range of storm water consulting services for industrial facilities located throughout California and the western states. Our team of experienced Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioners (QISP) and Trainers of Record (ToR) have developed consulting programs designed to make compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits a simple and understandable process. NES is here to help your environmental team navigate the complex and everchanging world of industrial storm water compliance.

How NES Can Help

 

NES administers several storm water compliance programs depending on the operations performed at your facility. Each program provides similar consulting services designed to make developing and implementing an effective Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program as simple as possible. We provide technical support and quality control for your program through routine document reviews, training classes, and onsite inspections. Our memberships are billed per facility for each reporting year (July 1 – June 30).

Background

 

Facilities that perform industrial activities that are exposed to rainfall are required to obtain NPDES Permit coverage in order to discharge storm water from their property, either through a storm drain system or by flowing off the property line. In California, the State Water Resources Control Board issues Industrial General Permits to these facilities and outlines a set of monitoring and housekeeping requirements to be implemented in order to protect water quality throughout the state. The neighboring western states have similar permits in place issued by their Departments of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Regardless of the state your facility is located in, the NPDES Permits have common goals in place: (1) Identify industrial dischargers, (2) Evaluate pollutant sources onsite, (3) Develop methods to control, reduce, and eliminate pollutants in storm water discharges, and (4) protect water quality and maintain beneficial use of our waterways.

NES Storm Water Compliance Program

Members are provided with the documents necessary for implementing a cost-effective Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program. Documents include:

  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) fillable template
  • Monitoring Implementation Plan (MIP) and Guidance Documents
  • Simplified visual observation form templates

NES reviews member-submitted storm water documents throughout the year to verify accuracy and completeness. Documents include:

  • SWPPP and Site Map
  • Monthly Visual Observation Forms
  • Sampling Event Visual Observation Forms
  • Annual Comprehensive Site Compliance Evaluation
  • Annual Report Questionnaire

Permitted facilities are required to collect and analyze storm water samples to identify potential pollutants discharging from industrial activity areas. As part of the annual membership fee, NES provides the following sampling services:

  • Storm water collection kits containing necessary sampling bottles, guidance document, observation form, chain of custody, and prepaid shipping labels
  • Laboratory analysis for required sampling parameters
  • Detailed reports of analytical results
  • Best Management Practices (BMP) recommendations

SMARTS Database is used to submit data, reports, and documents to the Water Boards. NES provides the following services on SMARTS Database for our members:

  • Change of Information (COI) request preparation
  • Ad Hoc Report preparation for storm water sample results
  • Document uploading
  • Annual Report Questionnaire preparation
  • Level 1 ERA Report preparation and submittal assistance
  • Troubleshooting

NES’ Trainers of Record (ToR) provide annual site compliance evaluations for member facilities. Our visits are modeled after formal inspections you may receive from your Regional Water Quality Control Boards or local agencies. NES provides the following services during annual site visits:

  • Review of storm water documentation including the site-specific SWPPP and historical records
  • Site walk to observe onsite industrial activity areas and implemented BMPs
  • Conduct site-specific training for Pollution Prevention Team members during the site walk
  • Provide recommendations in a confidential report

NES provides in-person and web-based Storm Water Pollution Prevention training classes throughout the year. Our classes highlight requirements of the Industrial General Permit and how to effectively implement them onsite. These training sessions also provide the opportunity for members to share and discuss which BMPs have been helpful at their facilities, as well as the associated costs.

Since 1999, NES has administered the California Trucking Association Compliance Group (CTACG) and the California Trucking Association Storm Water Program (CTASWP). These consulting programs are only available to current CTA members and storm water membership fees are separate from the annual CTA fees. CTACG and CTASWP members receive a reduced membership fee compared to non-CTA members participating in other NES consulting programs.

Transportation facilities participating in the CTA Compliance Group receive a 50% reduction in sampling frequency. Instead of sampling four (4) qualifying storm events per reporting year, Compliance Group members are only required to sample two (2) events. Additional sampling reductions may be available based on your facility’s sampling history. Membership in the CTA Compliance Group is based on the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code used by your facility. Only CTA members utilizing SIC Codes 4212, 4213, 4214, and 4231 are eligible to participate in the Compliance Group. CTA members utilizing other SIC Codes can participate in the CTASWP.

CTA members who join the CTA Compliance Group or the CTA Storm Water Program for the first time will receive a 10% discount on their first year of storm water program membership. Current CTACG or CTASWP members can also receive a 10% discount on one year of membership by referring another CTA member facility to enroll in the CTACG or CTASWP for the first time. Current members can also refer up to 10 new facilities to receive an entire year’s membership for free!

NES provides storm water consulting services separate from the membership programs, including the following:

  • Site Compliance Evaluations
  • SWPPP and Site Map Development
  • Notice of Intent (NOI) Preparation
  • Level 1 ERA Evaluations and Reporting
  • Level 2 ERA Evaluations and Reporting
  • Site-Specific Storm Water Pollution Prevention Training Classes

For more information on NES’ storm water memberships, please contact our team at
stormwater@nesglobal.net or 916-353-2360 / 800-637-2384.

Download our About NES Brochure here.