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Construction activities that disturb one or more acres are subject to the Academy's storm water construction general permit. This permit requires the completion of a project-specific Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). The SWPPP describes site construction activities and best management practices that are to be implemented to reduce erosion and sediment transport from the construction site.

The Academy is essentially a small city with supporting infrastructure that includes storm water drains. Regulating the discharge of non-storm water into the storm sewer system is the intent of the Municipal Separate Sanitary Sewer System (MS4) general permit. Many of the Academy's residential and commercial activities have the potential to contribute pollutants to the Academy storm sewer system. If not immediately remediated, chemical spills contribute pollutants to the environment by rain and snowmelt runoff into the Academy's storm sewer system. Certain activities conducted at the Academy are regulated by the Industrial Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP). Activities identified by Standard Industrial Codes as sectors are covered by the MSGP. Academy sectors include P-Land Transportation, S-Air Transportation, and T-Treatment Works. Specific site locations are identified within each sector where outdoor activities, facilities, and the storage of chemicals are managed to eliminate mismanagement leading to potential spills or releases of chemicals. The permit requires quarterly and annual inspections.

2012 Split Storm Water Article

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