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Site Grading and SWPPP: Everything You Need to Know

Many construction projects require some form of site grading in order to create a stable foundation for the proposed structure. Site grading is the process of sloping and shaping the land to prepare it for development. This process is necessary to avoid potential problems like landslides, flooding, and soil erosion. 

At American Track, we are experts in site grading. We take into account all relevant factors, including slope stability, runoff, catchment areas, and flow requirements.

We also create slope stability plans (SSPs), implement best management practices (BMPs), and prepare stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs). In short, we can make sure your site is graded properly to avoid any potential issues down the road. 

In this blog, we’ll be looking at each one of these factors in more detail. By having a complete understanding of what the process entails, you’ll be able to notice issues before they arise as well. Let’s begin.

Site Grading to Prevent or Minimize the Effects of Natural Disasters

There are several reasons why site grading is so important. First and foremost, it helps to prevent natural disasters like landslides and floods.

Landslides occur when the slope of the land becomes too steep and the soil can no longer support the weight of the material on top of it. This can happen due to a variety of reasons, including rainfall, earthquakes, and changes in the water table. When this happens, all of the material on the slope can come crashing down, which can be extremely dangerous.

To prevent landslides, the land needs to be graded so that the slope is not too steep. This will help to ensure that the soil can support the weight of the material on top of it. It’s also important to make sure that there is proper drainage in place so that water does not build up and create even more pressure on the slope.

Flooding can also be a major problem if the land is not graded properly. If the land is too flat, water will have nowhere to go and will simply pool on the surface. This can lead to serious damage to any structures on the site as well as create health and safety hazards.

To avoid this, the land needs to be graded so that it slopes away from any structures on the site. This will help to ensure that water is directed away from the structure and does not pool around it. Proper drainage also needs to be in place to ensure that the water can flow freely off of the site.

Site grading is especially important in areas that are prone to natural disasters like earthquakes or hurricanes. By carefully preparing the land before development begins, we can help to minimize the damage caused by such events.  

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans

A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, or SWPPP, is a document that outlines how a construction site will prevent water pollution. It includes a description of the site, the grading and drainage plans, the BMPs that will be implemented, and the personnel who will be responsible for implementing them.

The purpose of an SWPPP is to ensure that water leaving the construction site is free of pollutants. By implementing BMPs like sediment control measures and trash collection protocols, we can keep harmful contaminants from entering the waterways. This helps to protect the environment as well as public health and safety.

At American Track, we take our responsibility to protect the environment seriously. We have a team of experienced professionals who know how to properly implement an SWPPP. We make sure that all of our sites are in compliance with all local and state regulations so that you can rest assured knowing that your project is being done in an environmentally responsible way.

Site Grading and SWPPP Are Essential to Safe Construction Projects

Site grading and an SWPPP are essential elements of any construction project. At American Track, we have the experience and expertise necessary to make sure your land is properly prepared for development. It’s something we’ve been doing for more than 160 years, and it’s a factor that we continue to develop along with advancements in technology. Contact us today to learn more about our services!

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