Are members of your stormwater Pollution Prevention Team (PPT) going out on a rainy day and just scooping up any stormwater they can find on your industrial site? Sampling is arguably the most important part of a facility's compliance with the CA Industrial General Permit (IGP).
Despite its high level of importance, we are constantly training stormwater PPTs that are unaware that there are proper stormwater sample collection techniques. It is important to assign sample collection to qualified personnel that are trained appropriately for your facility's needs. Not ensuring proper implementation of industrial stormwater sampling methods could cause your stormwater samples to exceed Numeric Action Levels (NALs). Ultimately this could be the difference between staying in baseline status vs. going into Exceedance Response Action (ERA) Level 1 and Level 2 in California or even getting sued for samples that were not truly representative of your facility's stormwater discharges. Here are some techniques we would like to share (because we care)....
Aside from these techniques it is important to conduct annual stormwater team refresher training so that everyone on your stormwater PPT is on the same page and knows their roles when it comes time to sample. Implementing correct sampling techniques is your last line of defense to ensure clean industrial stormwater data. Make sure your PPT members are prepared and comfortable with the appropriate sampling methods for your facility.
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