Your 1-stop solution for managing stormwater compliance on your construction site.
CMS Inspectors are rigorously trained in a cost-effective manner with the goal of sustaining site-specific compliance. Once our inspectors are ready for the field, the training does not stop. They receive continuous training and are required to obtain certifications (such as CISEC or CPESC) for their reviews to ensure that inspections are done accurately.
CMS Inspectors set themselves above the competition because they:
Walk the site, document relevant data from the visit, and review the inspection report with on-site staff.
Communicate with your vendors, BMP installers, etc.
Update and manage your SWPPP book. All site conditions and changes are documented in the SWPPP and reflected in the site maps and SWPPP narrative.
Provide a user-friendly report and detailed email outlining priority items.
Prior to submitting the report, our inspectors are required to contact your company’s on-site personnel to review it. This achieves two things:
It better informs your on-site personnel about stormwater management and regulations, increasing site compliance.
It serves as a briefing for on-site personnel and the inspector so everyone is on the same page. This helps prevent unnecessary spending on BMPs that may not be needed at that time due to construction phasing. Our staff reports the facts, makes no assumptions, and works directly with our clients.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
Our Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) are the industry’s best because they are entirely customized to each specific project. Each CMS SWPPP is a living document reflecting on-site conditions. They guide the project’s erosion and sediment control strategies, maximizing compliance and minimizing risk.
Our user-friendly SWPPPs lead on-site staff throughout the life of the project – giving clear, site-specific instructions to phase all BMP installation and to maintain compliance within each project’s budgetary constraints. Regulators, inspectors, and company personnel alike finally have a truly customized document that’s proven to be an invaluable resource.
CMS Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans are a step above the competition, designed to be the best in the industry. We achieve this with our signature 4-tier approach:
Ensure that our designers are well-versed with all federal, state and local regulations applicable to the jurisdiction within which the plan is to be implemented. It has been our experience that many designers leave out the local regulations which can put your project at risk.
Obtain a copy of all available information for each project including the grading, construction and landscape plans, soils and drainage reports, and any environmental assessments that may have been conducted.
Once this information is received we will make a site visit in order to look at all of the data you have provided and apply it to the “real world”. During this time we will be considering the topography, soil type, typical and potential climatic conditions, land disturbing activities and the local regulations. Taking all of this data into account, our designer will contact your site project manager, superintendent, etc. to ensure that our plan works with YOUR plan. This is usually the first point where communication becomes vital to the success of your stormwater program.
The SWPPP is then drafted in accordance with your unique business plan to ensure that it can be easily implemented. This greatly increases the success of your SWPPP and stormwater program.
Permits, Monitoring and Training
With the most streamlined version of the industrial permits comes a comprehensive list that must be adhered to in order to truly achieve compliance.
In order to make a solid plan, time must be spent at your facility to ensure that the planned strategy is going to be achievable. We will also ensure that if changes need to be made to your systems, that those changes are communicated so that you are set up for success from the start. We are proud to provide and deliver the industry’s best practices for stormwater management.
Once the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is completed, your duties have only begun. But don’t stress; we take you through the program from the “cradle to grave”. We are happy to take it off of your hands completely and run it for you, or consult and train your staff on how to run it in-house. Typically clients will have us perform certain aspects of their programs while we train them to manage it internally over time. Our services can be tailored to meet your individual needs.
Typical services performed by CMS Environmental Solutions post SWPPP production include:
Quarterly and Annual Inspections (including site map and SWMP/SWPPP updates) performed by one of our inspectors
Quarterly and Annual Sampling and Monitoring
Annual Training Certification
CMS Environmental Solutions can help with all aspects of dewatering. From developing a dewatering plan and designing a dewatering system to required sampling/monitoring and DMR preparation and submission, we will guide you every step of the way.
Dewatering can be one of the most important aspects of environmental compliance to understand. Since dewatering requirements seem to change regularly, we understand what a challenge this can be. Let the experts at CMS Enviro handle it. We stay up to date with all of the latest requirements removing this burden from our clients.
We have been developing streamlined dewatering plans for many years and can achieve environmental compliance without wasting your time or your money.
All of us at CMS Environmental Services are proud of our partnerships established with national laboratories. These partnerships coupled with our large staff allow us to take care of any job quickly, no matter how big or small. And with wide service areas, you can count on us to be experts in many markets.
Long Term Stormwater Management
As our population continues to grow and more impervious surfaces are created and built, the need for permanent water quality as well as retention facilities required will continue to grow. Permanent features are now not only required on large projects that are greater than 5 acres but also on smaller projects down to just 1 acre in size.
CMS Enviro can help design, inspect and maintain these features providing stormwater management techniques on a long term basis making this requirement easier for you to manage.
Our team of professionals is highly trained to perform annual inspections on all permanent water quality structures. Inspection services include the following:
Grass Buffers and Swales
Bioretention (Rain Garden or Porous Landscape Detention)
Extended Detention Basins (EDB)
Detention Ponds and Constructed Wetland Ponds
Constructed Wetlands Channels
Permeable Pavement Systems
CMS Environmental Solutions works directly with premier Long Term BMP contractors to ensure that you get the best maintenance program available and at competitive prices.
There is no system that we can’t handle.
The CMS Management Package is the industry’s only stormwater product that completely assumes all stormwater obligations. This package delivers a comprehensive stormwater management plan for any company or project. It serves throughout the entire process from conception to stabilization, enabling a fully operational stormwater program which prevents unexpected charges and change orders.
The program includes:
Full-service CMS Stormwater Management of virtually all stormwater issues, pertaining to the applicable permits
Permit and/or local regulations, handled by CMS. This includes everything from permitting to budgeting
Training, program development and management
Routine Inspections with frequencies as stipulated by your site specific permit
All Post-Storm Event Inspections
Routine SWPPP book updates
Detailed Inspection Reports sent to all pertinent parties
Superior customer service:
We facilitate communication between on-site staff, BMP installation company, CMS, and all stakeholders.
CMS inspectors review their findings with supervisors, walking the site and imparting at least one principle of stormwater management on each site visit.
We help come up with solutions to your problems versus simply giving you a list of things to correct.
We are always available to you, your staff, the BMP contractor and local regulators.
We listen to, help, and respond to all parties as if they are our client. This approach builds a rapport that ensures you the best service possible.
CMS analyzes your company culture and specific site conditions to best develop, streamline, and manage your program. We work closely with your team to determine the specific services that will ensure full, site-specific compliance.
We are here when you call. When issues arise, our staff is readily available to provide experience and fact-based solutions.
Training for any observed violators on site: We work directly with both trades who cause the violations and their supervisors. Because implementing a sound plan for regulatory compliance happens in the everyday operations of your business, your staff are an excellent resource for knowing how to practically improve operations to avoid violations. Our approach is to work with your staff at all levels to understand their roles, involving them in finding the solution.
Environmental Impact Assessment
CMS Enviro’s staff utilizes the latest technology and remote communication systems through all stages of the evaluation, design, and installation of monitoring stations. Regardless of the discipline, the baseline data collected is used to predict potential impacts of your site development to the natural habitat and socio-economics of the local area.
As an environmental compliance consultant, we partner with our clients. Our approach to your project is as if it were our own. When you work with CMS Enviro, our pledge to you is that you aren’t just working with an environmental compliance consultant; you are working with a partner. We can help you get your project done and protect the environment at the same time. Smart development is environmentally responsible.
Oil and Gas
CMS has dedicated significant time, money and resources into developing a workable solution for compliance in the gas and oil industry.
Our GPS-based monitoring equipment allows us to monitor your air quality in real time. If an exceedance is detected you will receive an email or text notification immediately, allowing the problem to be addressed in a timely manner.
Our technicians specialize in well drilling and water sampling. Sample locations include domestic water wells, springs, and other water sources.
We invest heavily in our equipment to ensure that we do our job quickly and effectively, so you can focus on yours. We know the environment is important to you. It is important to us too. We’ll stand by you and help you protect it.
It can be intimidating when confronted with the need for a Groundwater Remediation Permit, but CMS knows how to provide effective groundwater remediation methods while keeping it as simple as possible for the client.
Pollutants in the water can get quite costly to treat; however, with our team of experts and our industry partners you are guaranteed to be running the most cost-effective and appropriate system for your project. We will take you through the process step-by-step ensuring that you are compliant.
Quarterly and Annual Inspections (including site map and SWMP/SWPPP updates) performed by one of our inspectors
Groundwater Remediation Permit Application
Groundwater Remediation Plan
Initial Sampling Prior to Discharge
Routine Inspections and Remediation Plan Updates
We offer water, air quality and soil sampling. Whether it is by land, sea or air, our team of scientists can be on your site at a moment’s notice to sample.
Our sampling techniques are based upon all applicable permits in order to ensure you are compliant and have the records, logs and chain of custodies to back it up.
We specialize in soil, water and air quality monitoring which allows for turnkey compliance. We have partnered with national laboratories to ensure quality control is never an issue when sampling with CMS Environmental Solutions.
CMS Flight School/Drone Overviews
Let CMS’s team of FAA Licensed Remote Pilots help you to get a bird’s eye view of your project. CMS drones are equipped with the most advanced sensors and we utilize the most advanced software on the market so our drone pilots can help you with your project from cradle to grave.
During the land development you can easily monitor your site with real time 2D live maps. We have also invested in advanced sensor systems that allow our pilots to run autonomous flight patterns to give you 3D maps, letting you know your exact cuts and fills, soil stockpiles sizes etc. This type of data is invaluable in the land development process and will save you time and money.
As your project progresses, 2-dimensional maps can be invaluable to your marketing and sales departments. This is especially true for single family home builders. It gives them the ability to show potential home buyers in real time what the community looks like now and what it will look like in the future.
Lastly with our advanced sensor system we can pre-program autonomous flight paths for our drones to fly safely over your site to capture growth. By being able to capture plant health, thermal and orthomosaic you can determine if you’re ready to close out a permit. If you are not you can identify the exact areas that need to be reseeded saving you time and money.