Stormwater Compliance Manager™

Understand Your Stormwater Discharge Permitting and Pollution Prevention Planning Requirements!

Discharges of stormwater from certain industrial activities and construction sites are subject to environmental permitting requirements. Understanding when permits are needed, how to obtain one, how to develop a stormwater pollution prevention plan, and effective implementation techniques is critical to maintaining compliance with this strictly enforced regulatory program.

The Stormwater Compliance Manager™ course is ideal for individuals responsible for managing stormwater permitting or developing and implementing a stormwater pollution prevention (SWPP) plan.

This unique course addresses the regulatory and management issues related to stormwater discharges under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The course is presented in a series of well-structured training modules, exercises, and open discussions to keep the instruction interesting and enjoyable. Course handout materials form a useful desk book for later reference.

If you have an SWPP plan, you are encouraged to bring a copy to class, along with a copy of the applicable federal/state permit, so your plan can be reviewed by the class and instructor and an action plan developed to bring your plan into full compliance.

What’s covered in the course?

You will become qualified to lead stormwater pollution prevention permitting, plan development and improvement, and implement effective compliance strategies.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Stormwater pollution prevention regulations
  • Clean Water Act
  • Water pollution and its effects
  • Water Pollution Control History
  • Water Quality Standards
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and permitting
  • Stormwater overview
  • Stormwater regulation development
  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) Background
  • MS4 permitting requirements
  • Municipal stormwater management programs
  • Stormwater discharges from construction sites
  • Construction site permitting requirements and NPDES
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans for construction sites
  • Best management practices for constructions sites
  • Site maintenance, stabilization, and inspections
  • Notices of termination
  • Common compliance deficiencies
  • Industrial stormwater discharges
  • Common sources of pollution
  • Industrial stormwater permitting applicability
  • No exposure exclusions and certification form
  • Individual vs. general industrial stormwater permits
  • Multi-sector general permits
  • Monitoring and sampling requirements
  • How to collect samples
  • Monitoring compliance requirements
  • Preparing to monitor stormwater discharges
  • Conducting required monitoring
  • Potential sampling problems
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs)
  • Developing a SWPPP
  • Identification of potential pollutant sources
  • Selecting control measures and best management practices
  • Inspections under SWPPPs
  • SWPPP record retention requirements
  • Common SWPPP violations
  • Selecting best management practices
  • Examples of recommended best management practices (BMP)
  • BMP inspection tips
  • Exercise – virtual facility tour
  • Exercise – SWPPP critique

Course Agendas are subject to change

Day 1:  8:15 AM – 4:15 PM

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Clean Water Act Permitting
  • Stormwater Introduction
  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems
  • Construction Activities
  • Lunch Break
  • Industrial Activities
  • No Exposure Certificates
  • Industrial Stormwater Permitting
  • Monitoring and Sampling
  • Adjourn for Day

Day 2: 8:15 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans
  • Best Management Practices
  • Course End for Virtual Attendees
  • Lunch Break
  • Course Ends for Virtual Attendees

Practical Application Exercises In-Person Attendees Only

  • Virtual Facility Exercise
  • SWPP Plan Review and Critique
  • Course End

Craig J. Schwartz, CHMM, CPEA, is an environmental regulatory compliance expert, with more than 20 years hands on experience assisting clients achieve and maintain compliance nationwide. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA). He has also achieved certification by the US Army Corps of Engineers as a wetland delineator, UST operator certifications in multiple states, several state-level sediment and erosion control certifications, pesticide manager certification, and RAB/QSA ISO 14001 Lead Auditor certification training.

Craig formerly served as technical manager for the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Wetlands Information Hotline, program manager for USEPA Enforcement Support Services (ESS), project manager for the development of comprehensive environmental compliance audit protocols, and technical lead for hundreds of facility environmental plans and permit applications. Craig has supported more than 250 private companies and Federal agencies, ranging from steel mills to the US Army, and has led environmental compliance assistance audits for more than 350 facilities in 42 states, and has been approved by the USEPA as a third-party compliance evaluator.


Bob LaRosa is a Professional Engineer with more than 29 years experience in occupational safety and health program management and environmental engineering. This experience includes environmental site and hazardous waste investigations and remedial activities for the real estate, solid waste, petroleum, manufacturing, financial, and construction industries and the government sector.