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Clean Water Compliance Manager™

NPDES Training for Wastewater Discharge Permitting

Our 3-day NPDES training course prepares you to effectively handle wastewater discharge permitting and related compliance challenges at your facility.

Facility and permit management for discharges to water!

Understand the water pollution prevention requirements that apply to your organization, and explore effective strategies for compliance. The Clean Water Compliance Manager™ course is ideal for environmental professionals who are responsible for wastewater or stormwater discharge compliance or general environmental compliance management.

This unique course presents water discharge permitting and restrictions in an understandable, structured, and logical format. Group discussions, breakout sessions, and discrete training modules are used to make the course interesting and engaging. Students are provided with handouts for each module, which provides references, examples of representative documents, and other useful tools.

What’s covered in the course?

You will return from this course prepared to effectively address your organization’s water permit applications and related compliance challenges.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Water quality law and regulation review
  • Jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act
  • NPDES permitting, including TBEL and WQBEL limits
  • Technology-based effluent limitations
  • Water quality-based effluent limitations
  • Pretreatment permits
  • Compliance recordkeeping, monitoring, and enforcement
  • Section 404 permitting
  • Underground injection control
  • Groundwater protection regulations
  • Obtaining, updating, and challenging permits
  • Stormwater discharge permit compliance
  • TMDLs, WET, Emerging Pollutants, and Other Hot Topics


Course Agendas are subject to change

Day One: 8:15 am – 4:15 pm

  • Comprehensive Review of Water Quality Regulation in the United States
  • Regulation of Wastewater Discharges to the Sanitary Sewer System
  • Groundwater Quality Protection Standards and Permits: Regulation of Your Facility’s Impact on Aquifer Water Quality through the SDWA and UIC Programs, through RCRA, CERCLA and the CWA, and with State-based Groundwater Standards and Permit Requirements
  • Regulation of Physical Alterations of Federally Protected Waters: The 404 Construction Permit Program
  • Advanced Wastewater Management Strategies and Cost-Effectively Managing Your Wastewater By Properly Navigating The Interface of Federal and State Regulatory Programs for Water Quality Management
  • Enforcement and Liability for Water Quality Concerns
  • Selected Hot Topics/Developments Relating to Water Quality

Day Three: 8:15 am – 3:00 pm

  •  Spill Prevention Controls and Countermeasures Plan
  • Stormwater Management

Day Two: 8:15 am – 4:15 pm

  • Water Quality Permit Construction
  • Technology-Based Limitations in Water Quality Permits
  • Water Quality-Based Limitations and How They Are Placed Into Permits
  • Applications for Water Quality Discharge Permits
  • Pretreatment Permits
  • Monitoring and Inspections
  • Other Crucial Factors In Wastewater Permitting
  • Reviewing a Draft Permit
  • Appeals and Negotiations

Bill Decker, PE, is a registered professional engineer in 32 States and has extensive environmental regulatory compliance experience related to water and waste issues. He has more than 25 years experience preparing permit applications, solving client environmental challenges, and developing SPCC Plans, Facility Response Plans, Storm Water permitting, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Planning, Hazardous Material & Waste Management Plans, Pollution Prevention Plans, and Waste Analysis Plans.

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.