Don’t Struggle With Federal Soil Erosion Control Guidelines, NPDES Regulations, and SWPPP Requirements Alone
Read this FREE Special Report to tame the chaos!
• 03/03/2015 • Edit
Dear Erosion and Sediment Control and Construction Professional,
Few people in the world these days thoroughly understand the federal government’s ever-changing, on-and-off soil erosion control regulations. Consider these contradictions, inconsistencies, and incongruities:
- The current EPA Construction General Permit (CGP) has no specific requirements for turbidity discharged from construction sites. It used to, and then the restrictions became even more stringent…briefly, before EPA eliminated them altogether. At the moment, no one has to actually measure or report on turbidity to anyone!
- After literally years of study, EPA suddenly decided in 2014 to issue no national stormwater strategy at all. And, who knows what will wind up in the next version of the Clean Water Act?
- While most states have their own agencies to issue National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, some rely on the federal government instead, and states all have different requirements for their CGP, including varying requirements for NPDES training and SWPPP certification.
Are you confused yet?
Stop the madness: Let the experts at Erosion Control, The Journal for Erosion and Sediment Control Professionals, make sense of it all for you. Download our FREE Special Report, Erosion and Sediment Control: Navigating NPDES Regulations, SWPPP Requirements, and Techniques for Compliance, and end the confusion!
Why You Can Trust Erosion Control to Tame the Chaos
As you can see from the title, Erosion and Sediment Control: Navigating NPDES Regulations, SWPPP Requirements, and Techniques for Compliance tackles the complex issues that frustrate so many erosion control professionals and construction site managers.
But if you’re not familiar with our credentials, allow me to explain. In a nutshell, Erosion Control confronts the basic problem of how to keep dirt in its place. It delivers a vast array of information on minimizing accelerated, man-made soil erosion and the resulting problems of sedimentation. Covering topics from multiple land conservation to environmental protection disciplines, Erosion Control has become the premier professional magazine for the erosion control industry.
Erosion Control is also the official Journal of the International Erosion Control Association. More than 56,000 of your peers read every issue, and our editorial team is second to none in experience and expertise on all of these topics!
No other soil erosion control publication has the resources and expertise needed to pull together thousands of rules, regulations, guidelines and requirements, from CGP education to NPDES training to SWPPP certification and more…from those that exist now and those that have recently been added or removed…into one comprehensive, reader-friendly roadmap to all of it.
In short, there is simply no reason to be without this guide: It’s expert, it’s thorough, and it’s FREE. Download it now!
Benefit Now From the Expertise in This Free Guide
No matter how experienced you are, the daily changes in both federal and 50 different state regulations can leave you frustrated. It’s practically impossible to gain proper SWPPP training or CGP education on your own from all the random sources that are available today.
That’s why Erosion and Sediment Control: Navigating NPDES Regulations, SWPPP Requirements, and Techniques for Compliance covers everything from the problems created by erosion and sedimentation to current regulations and SWPPP training and certification programs, to best management practices to help professionals comply with regulations, to the future of the regulatory environment—all in one place.
This guide is designed to help you:
- Thoroughly understand erosion and sedimentation problems
- Master the known regulations and required documentation
- Identify specific SWPPP training, NPDES training, CGP education, and certifications required to work in many states
- Learn which BMPs are proven for erosion control regardless of where you work
- Appreciate the new trends in green infrastructure, both economically and environmentally
- Successfully navigate the maze of current and future federal regulations
- Approach any new construction or soil removal project with complete confidence
This free guide is also jargon-free and even includes a list of common acronyms, so it’s perfect as a primer for those in other jobs who work in collaboration with erosion control professionals, too.
Did you know EPA estimates that 70% of the erosion taking place in the United States is caused not by natural processes, but rather by human activity? And that it costs us all some $16 billion a year in environmental damage?
If those sobering statistics don’t get your attention, how about this? Just the other day I was reading about what can happen when the regulations to prevent erosion and sedimentation aren’t carefully followed: A frighteningly large sinkhole directly beneath a brand-new, multi-million-dollar track and field complex at the University of Mississippi, caused by inadequate trenching for the installation of storm drains and the structural incompetence of the subgrade materials used during backfilling.
Oops. A little NPDES training would have gone a long way to prevent that disaster.
Erosion and Sediment Control: Navigating NPDES Regulations, SWPPP Requirements, and Techniques for Compliance is designed to help you avoid disaster by delivering a thorough understanding of erosion control issues and regulations. This free guide helps you dot your Is and cross your Ts, every time.
This is particularly important because unlike most environmental disciplines, erosion control often overlaps with another—surface water control. You must understand both to be proficient in soil erosion control. For example, like anyone dealing with surface water discharge, builders are required to get a NPDES permit before beginning any work, even on parcels less than an acre under circumstances.
This guide also delivers a thorough grounding on what you must do to comply with the current EPA Construction General Permit, including effluent limits and Notice of Intent.
Then, of course, there are the infamous, highly detailed Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) requirements:
- Site evaluation, assessment and planning
- Documentation of compliance with other federal requirements
- Erosion and sediment controls
- Pollution Prevention Standards
- Inspection and corrective action
An explanation of all these SWPPP requirements is included in this guide, so you’re prepared to tackle the document even if you’ve never faced one before. And don’t worry: We even tell you where to find an SWPPP template online to ensure you don’t miss anything.
And if you’re unfamiliar with all the SWPPP training and CGP education required for those involved with erosion and sediment control, you’re in luck, because this report includes a detailed list of what training can be required and how to get it. Here’s some CGP education for you:
Did you which states require specific training relevant to their own CGPs? Do you know where to locate the EPA’s most current CGP and online NOI form?
If not, check out this free report for the answers. And wherever you work, there are a number of national qualifications you can acquire to help you and your organization handle every operation efficiently, effectively and error-free. You’ll find a complete list of these, along with the specific NPDES training you’ll need to become certified.
Surveying Best Management Practices in Erosion and Sediment Control
In addition to covering the various types of NPDES training available, the guide covers an array of BMPs in soil erosion control and sedimentation mitigation. This is an excellent refresher for soil erosion control professionals, as well as a primer for those new to the industry or assisting erosion control experts.
Learn about everything from tackifiers to erosion control blankets to flocculants and active versus passive systems. The more you know, the more confident you’ll be every time you launch another project, inspect ongoing work, or sign off on a completed operation.
And if you haven’t considered it before, read here about the Green Infrastructure movement, a growing initiative to “treat rain where it falls,” generally post-construction measures for which you must plan when designing a project. If you are, or work for, a private developer, you’ll be interested in finding out that you can even earn federal LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits for your projects by applying GI techniques.
Finally, perhaps the most invaluable section of Erosion and Sediment Control: Navigating NPDES Regulations, SWPPP Requirements, and Techniques for Compliance walks you through recent developments in the federal regulatory environment and the probable future of effluent limits, the Stormwater Rule and the Clean Water Act. No one working in erosion control can afford to miss this expert analysis that could mean the difference between the ongoing profitability of your organization and some very unpleasant, expensive surprises.
The Price is Right. . .
Remember, not only is this guide invaluable for anyone in soil erosion control in understanding the issues, challenges and regulations, it’s also FREE. And after all, the rewards of this field can be enormous if you know how to navigate its pitfalls.
Imagine working in, and protecting, some of the most beautiful parts of the countryside, or turning waterways once choked with sediment into a fishermen’s paradise…or simply seeing the look of relief on a contractor’s face when you’ve solved his erosion headaches. All of that is possible if you arm yourself with knowledge like that offered for FREE in this guide.
And as I mentioned earlier, the guide covers everything from the impact of soil erosion control to BMPs for managing it all to NPDES regulations to SWPPP requirements, CGP education, and NPDES training. No other resource is this complete and this practical.
And it all comes from Erosion Control, the leading journal for erosion and sediment control professionals, so you know you can rely on the information this free guide delivers.
So don’t waste any more time trying to gather the information you need from different resources, wondering whether the details are correct or up to date, and hoping you haven’t missed anything crucial.
Because in this line of work, you’re only one overlooked SWPPP detail or failed inspection away from serious environmental—and financial—consequences.
Yours for professional erosion and sediment control,
Editor, Erosion Control
PS: Remember the Ole Miss sinkhole I told you about? Think about how such a disaster could have come to pass on your watch…and then download this free guide right now.
PPS: Your employer, your clients and entire communities rely on your NPDES training and your professionalism, no matter how big the project. Why wouldn’t you do everything you could to maintain it?