Stormwater Discharge from Construction Sites

Good Afternoon,

The Town’s Engineering Office and Department of Land Management would like to remind all earthwork contractors that any project that disturbs more than an acre of land in the Town of Southampton, is required to be covered by a New York State Accepted Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)

Generally speaking, when an application comes into the Town of Southampton it is reviewed by the Engineering Office to determine if SWPPP coverage is required. If required, the Town works with the owner/developer on accepting the SWPPP prior to issuance of a Building Permit (if necessary) and obtaining the NYSDEC Notice of Acknowledgement prior to commencement of construction.   

Prior to the commencement of construction activity, the owner/developer must identify the contractor(s) and subcontractor(s) that will be responsible for installing, constructing, repairing, replacing, inspecting, and maintaining the erosion and sediment control practices included in the SWPPP.  The owner /developer shall have each contractor and subcontractor identify at least one person (Trained Contractor) from the company that will be responsible for SWPPP Implementation and must sign the appropriate certification as identified in the SWPPP/NYSDEC SPDES General Permit (latest edition).  The Trained Contractor must have received four (4) hours of NYSDEC endorsed training in proper erosion and sediment control principles from a Soil and Water Conservation District, or other Department endorsed entity.  

Part of the process between SWPPP Acceptance and obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy or an Engineering Sign off includes the owner/developer assuring that the construction of the parcel is maintained in a neat and orderly manner and does not contribute stormwater discharge from the construction activities onto and into the Town Highway system and/or drainage systems.  

The Town of Southampton wants to make sure that you are aware of these regulations and are prepared with the appropriate training.  We are providing a link for the 4 hour endorsed sediment and erosion control training schedule for your use.  

If owners and /or operators that are covered by a Construction Site Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) are found to be in non-compliance with the SPDES General Permit regulations, that will likely result in the issuance of a Notice of Violation and Stop Work Order. 
The Town would like to encourage owners, developers, earthmoving contractors and landscapers working within the Town of Southampton to be familiar with this information.

If you have any questions please call the Engineering Office at 631-702-1750

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