Linear Construction

Linear Construction

Land Development and Construction operations are heavily regulated and enforced upon by federal, state, and local storm water agencies. If your project is greater than 1 acre or you’re building in a larger common plan of development, you are required by the State of Texas, and many other states, to comply with the storm water regulations stated in the construction general permit. These regulations affect new construction, additions to existing projects, demolitions, off-site/utility construction, and linear construction.

These regulations can be costly and confusing. Our experts have developed storm water compliance plans for all types of companies affected by the construction general permit. When we create your compliance program we have two main goals. We want to make sure that you maintain compliance to avoid fines or work stop orders, and we want to keep your cost of compliance as low as possible.

Our compliance team will prepare your permit applications, verify your permit documents have been executed, produce your project’s SWPPP, and fulfill all your inspection obligations. Our program has cost saving measures built into every step of this process. For instance, prior to your SWPPP being developed, we dispatch an environmental expert to your project to verify your erosion control plan is effective and as cost efficient as possible. If our expert finds less expensive erosion/sediment control options, we will communicate these to you. Because we specialize in storm water, our SWPPPs are produced at a low and cost-effective rate. You can realize immediate savings when having our team complete your SWPPP.

We also have a compliance alert system, Compliance 911, that will communicate serious compliance violations from our inspections to various levels of management. These notices are sent out as soon as our inspector observes the violation. We want you to have the opportunity to resolve any enforcement issues before an agent can arrive at your site. Throughout the life of your project, our Inspector will communicate with your on-site representative weekly to discuss any potential environmental issues and possible solutions.

Standard with our inspection services, we also have our certified staff routinely conduct an EPA Ready SWPPP Audit. Should an enforcement agent ever visit your project, we immediately dispatch a member of our Enforcement Response Team to assist you in avoiding fines, penalties, or work stop orders.

When your project is completed we will ensure that your permit is closed in a timely manner. If your permit is active, you are vulnerable to enforcement activity.




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Since Merit Professional has taken over our 3rd Party SWPPP management 4 years ago, CalAtlantic Austin has experienced fantastic communication, responsiveness, and commitment from their entire staff. As we’ve grown together, Merit continues to meet our inspection and reporting details, leading to a perfect internal audit score this quarter. We fully trust Merit’s abilities and value their partnership greatly.


Shawn Patterson
CalAtlantic homes

Merit has been our consultant since 2009. In those 8 years their expertise in Federal/Sate/Local regulations, SWPPP preparation and weekly inspections has been invaluable to our company. Merit has not only raised the education level in the field but also the compliance level for our company.

Derek Anderson
Pulte Group

I wanted to take a few minutes to let you know how happy we are with the service we receive from Merit Professional Services in Dallas. Your managers and staff are kind, professional, and timely with everything they do.

With multiple communities in the DFW Metroplex, and a growing list of new properties, we require diligent assistance keeping up with TCEQ required Stormwater Permits, and appropriate Amendments and Notices for each successive Phase in a development. That seems simple enough on the surface, but it is a moving target that requires constant follow up.

Recorded Plats and Address Plats often arrive just days prior to the start of a community, and if your team wasn’t on top of things, always watching and reporting progress in the field, we could have been in violation of TCEQ rules many times over. SWPPP books are delivered and distributed in quick fashion once we provide your team with the necessary documentation.

It is obvious Merit has our back, and it is a great comfort to know you are there for us. We appreciate you very much!

Charlene Planz
David Weekley Homes

I began working with Merit Professional Services in 2011. This firm has become our go-to vendor, for all of our storm water compliance, permitting, SWPPP and inspection needs. In a world where customer service and attention to detail appear to have become less of a priority, for most companies, Merit is the exception to that rule. I have no hesitation in recommending them. They have never failed to deliver on the high expectations that we have set and not only meet our expectations, but never cease to exceed them!

Chip G Boyd
CalAtlantic Homes, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas

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