Stormwater protection is the focus of a new streamlined EPA process.
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The Environmental Protection Agency announced the release of a voluntary Construction General Permit (CGP) compliance template for residential lots disturbing one acre or less.

A post on the plan, with links to the template and a fact sheet about compliance, is on the National Association of Home Builders' NAHB Now blog site. Here's a noteworthy part of it:

It’s helpful to remember that all builders must seek CGP coverage for any construction activity disturbing over one acre, or activity disturbing less that one acre when that jobsite is within a larger subdivision or development. Builders often draft a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan or SWPPP, using EPA’s current template, which can be onerous – sometimes even 100 pages long – and costly to produce.

EPA’s streamlined SWPPP template – which is less than 20 pages – provides a simplified list of compliance options for typical small residential construction sites, including a check-list menu of Best Management Practices – such as silt fences – from which to choose.
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