City of Lubbock Ordinance: Enforcing Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Submission and Review

Lubbock City Council gave final approval to Ordinance 2008-00095 on November 20, 2008, which requires a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) to be submitted for City of Lubbock review in conjunction with requesting a building permit. While this ordinance is not new, enforcement has now been stepped up in order to prevent sediment and erosion from getting into Lubbock’s municipally separate storm sewer system (MS4). Enforcement authority gives the City of Lubbock the ability to assess penalties associated with non-compliance with the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) general permit.

This action comes as a result of Congress passing the Water Quality Act of 1987 which addresses the impact of urbanization on receiving streams throughout the nation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initially established and implemented regulations governing storm water drainage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) was given subsequent authority to regulate discharges on a statewide level. It then became necessary to ratify and enforce local ordinances to regulate discharges into the storm water system from construction sites.

What will be the impact of this ordinance on you? V-tech will continue to provide construction storm water services that you are accustomed to receiving during the construction phase of your project. This includes the submission of all required federal and state documentation including development of a SWPPP, posting of a Construction Site Notice at the project site, and filing a Notice of Intent as required by TCEQ. The Prime Contractor will need to account for additional fees associated with Storm Water Compliance on the local level for all bids let within the incorporated city limits of Lubbock, Texas. The City of Lubbock is now requiring that a Storm Water Plan Review Application be submitted with each construction permit, and has instituted a fee structure based on the number of acres of land disturbed:

0 - 4.99 acres = $50
5 – 20 acres = $100
More than 20 acres = $5 per acre

Future project estimates should include additional costs incurred by the Prime Contractor to file this application.

The City of Lubbock Storm Water Management Office would like to remind contractors of some key issues at construction job sites. Storm Water Management Compliance Specialist Melanie Mallory stressed that contractors need to continue following best management practices stated in the SWPPP to keep sediment and silt out of the streets. She also stated that coordination is needed between contractors and subcontractors in the disposal of concrete washout. Liners should be utilized to keep the washout out of the soil on construction sites. She emphasized that contractors and their customers can expect additional expenses related to soil sampling and environmental clean-up if compliance is ignored.

Mallory also mentioned that new state and federal compliance regulations can be expected in the immediate future. As these changes occur, V-tech Environmental Services will keep you informed through electronic notification and articles posted on our web site.

If you have questions about these changes or would like to request a bid for construction storm water services, please contact Jarrod Redwine at (806) 748-1700 or send an email request to [email protected].

Links Reference

Ordinance 2008-00095 - http://stormwater.ci.lubbock.tx.us/pdf/Ord2008-00095.pdf
Storm Water Plan Review Application - http://stormwater.ci.lubbock.tx.us/pdf/PlanReviewApp.pdf
City of Lubbock Storm Water Website - http://stormwater.ci.lubbock.tx.us/