As the chief editor and blogger for Interstate Products (IPI), I was reviewing a recent article by one of our leading manufacturing partners, UltraTech, on storm water catch basins and new TMDL regulations put in place in Maryland and the District of Columbia and I decided to take a deeper dive into this area on behalf of our readers. IPI offers a broad range of storm water management products that help prevent trash, oil and sediment, three of the largest contributors to contamination, from entering the nation’s waterways. A result of runoff from storm water, much of which drains into gutter catch basins, our extensive line of quality storm water management solutions allow for both a proactive and immediate reactionary response to any kind of run off or emergency spill situation. However, it is important to understand the related EPA regulations and which products can best help to meet them.
The Clean Water Act requires states to protect the nation’s waters for various designated purposes such as drinking water, fishing, swimming, irrigation and industrial use. Statewide water quality standards are generally established based on the designated use of a particular body of water. Additionally, quality standards for lakes and rivers that are tapped as a drinking water supply are typically more stringent than the standards for those used primarily for industrial use, farming or irrigation.
So, what is TMDL?
Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a body of water can receive and still meet water quality standards, and an allocation of that load among the various sources of that pollutant. According the Environmental Protection Agency website: “The goal of the Clean Water Act (CWA) is ‘to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation’s waters’ (33 U.S.C §1251(a)). Under section 303(d) of the CWA, states are required to develop lists of impaired waters. These are waters for which technology-based regulations and other required controls are not stringent enough to meet the water quality standards set by states. The law requires that states establish priority rankings for waters on the lists and develop Total Maximum Daily Loads for these waters.”
For specific pollutants that may cause a body of water to fail water quality standards, states are required to conduct a TMDL study that identifies sources of each pollutant that fails to meet water quality standards. Water quality sampling and computer modeling may then be used to determine how much each pollutant source must reduce its contribution to assure that the water quality standard is met. The EPA has created a TMDL State Program tool, called, ‘EnviroMapper for Water’ to assist both governments and industry in learning more about specific TMDL programs and to identify and locate impaired waters in a given state.
Storm Water Management Products
Helps comply with NPDES, 40 CFR 122.26 (1999) when used as Best Management Practice in Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans.
IPI offers both comprehensive spill recovery solutions and storm water management products that will help to keep your municipality or industrial operations in compliance with EPA, Clean Water Act and statewide TMDL regulations. As the authority on industrial and environmental spill control and remediation, Interstate Products carries an array of storm water management solutions, as well as full lines of secondary containment products like spill control pads, socks, spill berms and spill pallets and other hazmat products. When there is a need to meet regulatory compliance under EPA rulings, prepare an SPCC spill containment plan or proactively comply with existing or potential state TMDL guidelines to capture or absorb, trash, sediment, oil and other chemicals that may enter storm water drainage systems, IPI has the expertise to help you handle most any type of regulatory compliance requirement.
Interstate Products’ storm water management product line from UltraTech features an array of options designed to filter contaminants like sediment and trash from storm water runoff and to stop hazardous oil spills from entering storm drains. UltraTech, a pioneer in the manufacture of secondary containment solutions and spill response products has published useful information on the Basics Of Stormwater Management ®; and IPI experts are always available work with you to find the right products to meet and exceed local, statewide and federal environmental protection regulations. Contact us to learn more about industrial spill containment and storm water management solutions at: http://www.interstateproducts.com/stormwater/swm.htm.
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