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Industrial Stormwater Compliance Manager™

Stormwater Pollution Prevention (SWPP) Plan Training

Our 2-Day SWPP Plan training course qualifies you to develop and manage a facility stormwater pollution prevention permitting plan and maintain critical compliance.

Understand Your Stormwater Discharge Permitting and Pollution Prevention Planning Requirements.

Discharges of stormwater from certain industrial activities and facilities 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 Industrial 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.

Because industrial stormwater discharges are regulated at the STATE level in 45 states, this course addresses core SWPP plan components and concepts and the Federal requirements (applicable in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Idaho, New Mexico, and the District of Columbia, tribal lands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Guam).

State-level permits and SWPP plan requirements are presented for the states of interest for each course attendee. State coverage includes Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

If you have an SWPP plan, you are encouraged to bring a copy to class, along with a copy of the applicable federal/state NPDES permit, so your plan can be reviewed in class and an action plan can be developed to improve your plan. If you don’t have an available plan, the example plans will be used to give you the opportunity to apply the concepts presented.

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 – 3:00 PM

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

Day 2: 12:00PM

  • 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, CET is an environmental regulatory compliance expert, with more than 25 years hands on experience assisting clients nationwide. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA). Craig has supported clients in obtaining stormwater NPDES permits, negotiating stormwater memorandums of understanding (MOUs) between site owners and tenants, addressing and correcting effluent limit exceedances, achieving and demonstrating stormwater NPDES compliance in response to enforcement actions, and identifying practical and creative management practices at numerous facilities. He has been directly involved in developing SWPP plan for individual commercial and industrial facilities, large complexes of varying regulated activities, and facilities discharging to impaired waters. Craig has served as Aarcher Institute instructor since 2005 and has delivered training to more than 900 students. He has been awarded a Certified Environmental, Health, and Safety (CET) certification based on this experience and knowledge of adult education methods.


Bob LaRosa, PE, is an environmental engineer and regulatory compliance specialist with more than 30 years’ experience supporting clients in the federal government and in a variety of industries, including chemical, petroleum, transportation, telecommunication, food processing, pharmaceuticals.  He has managed developed and implemented both industrial and construction stormwater pollution prevention plans for a variety of industrial, commercial and government locations.  He has been involved in continual updates and improvements to the course. Bob is an effective and practiced instructor, with experience delivering more than 60 courses to nearly 1,000 students.