Approved SWPPPs Do Not Illustrate How to Prevent Sediment Discharges or Erosion

Jerald S. Fifield, Ph.D., CISEC

A common misconception about developing SWPPPs is that many believe they demonstrates how BMPs prevent the discharge of sediment-laden runoff waters from construction sites. Such a goal is impossible to achieve due to limitations of the mitigation structures. This presentation will expose these limitations so that designers and reviewers can develop and approve practical and effective sediment and erosion control plans for contractors to implement.

Learning Objectives: 

  • As a result of attending this presentation, participants will learn why BMPs do not prevent the discharge of sediment-laden runoff.
  • As a result of attending this presentation, participants will learn about the limitations of BMPs.
  • As a result of attending this presentation, participants will learn about the importance of having practical and logical criteria to protect the environment.

Presented by Jerald S. Fifield, Ph.D., CISEC – President, Hydrodynamics Inc

Since 1982 when Dr. Jerald Fifield started HydroDynamics Incorporated, he has been actively involved with drainage, sediment and erosion control, water rights and nonpoint pollution control. Through his company, he develops sediment and erosion control plans, completes drainage analysis, provides inspection services and teaches about controlling sediment and erosion on construction sites. Jerry has authored numerous professional papers, researched sediment and erosion control products, and written sediment and erosion control manuals for designers and field manuals for inspectors and contractors.