Frequently Asked Questions
What is stormwater?
Stormwater is the name given to all water that originates during a precipitation event like rain or snow.
What is stormwater pollution?
Stormwater pollution is when stormwater runoff picks up contaminants (such oil or pieces of trash) before entering waterways and groundwater sources. Polluted runoff like this is the number one cause of water pollution in the United States.
Why does stormwater pollution matter?
Polluted water is dangerous and can hurt local communities in ways both obvious and subtle.
What are Maryland’s stormwater regulations?
In Maryland, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) works with the EPA to monitor and regulate stormwater pollution. MDE has a number of different permits which cover a range of different businesses.
Tell me a little about these permits.
All of Maryland’s stormwater discharge permits have several features in common, including in how you apply for and gain coverage under them. If you need a permit, you’ll first have to write a stormwater pollution prevention plan (or “SWPPP”) and submit it for MDE approval along with a Notice of Intent and a permit fee.
Seems like these permits involve a lot of work - does my business need one?
Check out the list of industries we serve to see if you fall under one of those categories. Or give us a call - we can give you a quick answer.
What happens to my business if I need a permit but don’t get one?
Operating without a permit puts you in a risky position - you’re “out of compliance” by default. You may get a letter requesting that you acquire a permit or be subject to an announced inspection from an MDE official. And once you’re on MDE’s radar, you’ll be under significant pressure to quickly get permit coverage and to avoid potential penalties.
My business has a stormwater permit, but we haven’t kept up with the ongoing compliance work (inspections, lab testing, etc.) you mentioned before.
If you haven’t kept up with the permit’s requirements, you’ll also be considered out of compliance and be just as vulnerable to potential enforcement issues as a facility with no permit coverage.
So how can Grapewell help me?
Grapewell works with businesses in Maryland on every aspect of stormwater permitting and compliance.
Can’t I just do all this myself?
Absolutely. But keeping up with Maryland’s stormwater regulations can be time-consuming, confusing, and intimidating.
So why Grapewell and not some other consultant?
Maryland stormwater is our business.
I’m intrigued. How can I get in touch with someone at Grapewell?
Our complete set of contact information is available here. We look forward to hearing from you and developing a stormwater management solution that meets your needs.