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Colorado Stormwater Management

Colorado State Overview

In 1992 the state of Colorado's stormwater regulation was granted control and oversight of construction, industrial and municipal discharges based on Clean Water Act and EPA regulations with the intention to reduce the amount of pollutants entering streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands within the state stemming from residential, commercial and industrial point sources.

Colorado’s stormwater management program is regulated under the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Water Quality Control Division; this sector is often referred to as, “The Division.” The stormwater management program, which is better known as the Colorado Discharge Permitting System (CDPS) regulates stormwater discharges from construction activities, industrial facilities and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) releasing into surface waters of the State. 

An owner of a construction site is required to apply for CDPS General Permit coverage if his/her project site will include: (1) land disturbing activities equal to, or greater than one (1) acre; and (2) construction activities involving less than one (1) acre and which is part of a common plan of development or sale equal to or greater than one (1) acre. However, additional options may exist if the owner or operator’s project or plan of development will disturb less than five (5) acres (Considered: a “Small Construction Site”). The owner or operator is also required to apply for CDPS General Permit coverage at least ten (10) days prior to the commencement of construction activities.

Qualifying Local Program:  The Colorado DPHE and the CDPS General Permit includes conditions that incorporate permitting options for qualifying local erosion and sediment control program (also known as: Qualifying Local Program). A Qualifying Local Program is a municipal stormwater program for stormwater discharges associated with small construction activity that has been formally approved by the Water Quality Control Division (WQCD).
If a small construction site is within the jurisdiction of a Qualifying Local Program, the operator of the construction activity is authorized to discharge stormwater associated with small construction activity under the CDPS General Permit without the submittal of an application to the Division.

In 1992 the state of Colorado's stormwater regulation was granted control and oversight of construction, industrial and municipal discharges based on Clean Water Act and EPA regulations with the intention to reduce the amount of pollutants entering streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands within the state stemming from residential, commercial and industrial point sources.

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Stormwater Management for Construction Activities - ADVANCED (Level 1+ - Contractors, Field Maintenance, Foreman)

Type: Virtual | Price: $449.00

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Course Overview

This Level 1 Advanced program covers an overview of the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, the proper installation and maintenance of temporary pollution controls (Best Management Practices - "BMPs") and On-Site Construction Inspections.

Live Virtual Sessions consists of:
1. Introduction to Stormwater Management - Session 1
2. Practical Applications of BMPs - Session 2

Learning Objectives

-- Identify the components and framework of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program.

-- Describe the proper installation and maintenance of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs).

-- Define Erosion Control, Sediment Control, and Pollution Prevention

-- Describe erosion and sediment control Best Management Practices (BMPs) and the role they play in preventing pollution from entering neighboring surface waters.

-- Describe the pollution prevention measures required while on a construction site.

-- Identify the steps necessary to inspect construction sites and determine possible causes of BMP ineffectiveness and how to correct them.

-- Summarize the communication process necessary between owner, operators, contractors, and stormwater pollution plan designer so the site stays in compliance throughout the construction project.

Special Instructions

Login instructions will be available upon enrollment.

Prerequisites

PDH Hours: 9
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Qualified Compliance Inspector of Stormwater - ADVANCED (QCIS+)

Type: Virtual | Price: $999.00

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Course Overview

The Qualified Compliance Inspector of Stormwater – Advanced (QCIS+) credentialing program employs a blended training approach, combining five ADA compliant self-paced interactive online courses with three Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) sessions. This advanced program equips individuals with the necessary qualifications to conduct thorough stormwater inspections in accordance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting program.

Live Virtual Sessions consists of:
1. Introduction to Stormwater Management - Session 1
2. Practical Applications of BMPs - Session 2
3. Conducting Inspections - Session 3

Learning Objectives

-- Identify the components and framework of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program.

-- Describe the proper installation and maintenance of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs).

-- Articulate the steps necessary to inspect a construction sites and determine possible causes of BMP ineffectiveness and how to correct them.

-- Demonstrate how to complete an inspection report and document corrective actions.

-- Assess the proper installation and maintenance of stormwater Best Management Practices/Stormwater Control Measures.

-- Summarize the communication process necessary between owner, operators, contractors, and stormwater pollution prevention plan designer so the site stays in compliance throughout the construction project.

Special Instructions

Login instructions will be available upon enrollment.

Prerequisites

PDH Hours: 20
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Qualified Preparer of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans - ADVANCED (QPSWPPP+)

Type: Virtual | Price: $1,224.00

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Course Overview

As a QPSWPPP+, you will receive a dual credential as a QCIS+, which qualifies you to inspect and maintain construction sites for stormwater compliance. This program covers the principles and practices of erosion and sediment control as well as the proper reporting and documentation requirements.

Live Virtual Sessions consists of:
1. Introduction to Stormwater Management - Session 1
2. Practical Applications of BMPs - Session 2
3. Conducting Inspections - Session 3
4. SWPPP Preparation - Session 4

Learning Objectives

-- Identify the components and framework of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program.

-- Describe the proper installation and maintenance of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs).

-- Articulate the steps necessary to inspect a construction sites and determine possible causes of BMP ineffectiveness and how to correct them.

-- Demonstrate how to complete an inspection report and document corrective actions.

-- Assess the proper installation and maintenance of stormwater Best Management Practices/Stormwater Control Measures.

-- Summarize the communication process necessary between owner, operators, contractors, and stormwater pollution prevention plan designer so the site stays in compliance throughout the construction project.

-- Prepare a Construction Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).

Special Instructions

Login instructions will be available upon enrollment.

Prerequisites

PDH Hours: 25
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