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New! California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists (CBPELSG) Licensed QSD Training Program
CBPELSG licensees will be able to register as QSDs via the State Water Board’s Storm Water Monitoring and Report Tracking System (SMARTS) online database. The registration process will include submittal of the CBPELSG license number, review of posted QSD Training Materials, and certifying that all information submitted is true, correct and current. Each licensee will also be required to check a box indicating that the licensee has reviewed QSD training materials provided. No registration fee will be required. Licensee registration information will be available to the public via SMARTS. Should a SWPPP be determined to be out of compliance, the State Water Board may file a complaint with the CBPELSG against the licensee. For additional information, please see the CBPELS License Fact Sheet.

CGP Review Issues:

New! There will be five SWAMP algae and bioassessment workshops this spring/summer at various locations throughout the state. If you are interested in the workshop, please go to the SWRCB Training Academy Website to register. If the course is full, then try to register at one of the other locations if you can or put yourself on the waiting list. If there is enough interest at the particular location, then we may put on another workshop. These one-day field intensive workshops would be an ideal opportunity for those experienced with SWAMP bioassessment protocols to get calibrated before the field season. Since they are only one day, beginners will not become experts, but will learn the fundamentals in sampling biotic communities and measuring physical features of wadeable streams. The workshops are open to everyone but only two individuals from any organization can attend.

MOU – Scientific Collectors Permit
DFG requires everyone sampling aquatic biota to get a scientific collectors permit. However, there is an MOU established with DFG for those individuals who are conducting routine monitoring using SWAMP bioassessment protocols and producing data that would be SWAMP compatible. Send me an email (Jim Harrington: jharring@OSPR.DFG.CA.GOV) if you are going to be sampling this year and I will let you know how to qualify for the MOU.

CGP Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD)/ Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) Exams

The 2009-0009-DWQ Construction General Permit (CGP) requires that Qualified SWPPP Developers (QSDs) and Qualified SWPPP Practitioners (QSPs) attend a State Water Board Sponsored Training Course by September 2, 2011. In accordance with these requirements the State Water Board has approved of CASQA’s QSD/QSP training course and a schedule of these courses is being provided by CASQA’s approved Trainers of Record.

Training Videos

Construction General Permit Notice of Termination

Instructors Eric Berntsen, Habitat Restoration Specialist with the Kalispel Tribe, and Brian Currier with the Sacramento State Office of Water Programs provide the technical background and step-by-step completion for the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE2) program and the Post-Construction Water Balance Calculator.

Construction Permit Video: Introduction to the Legally Responsible Person
June 2013

Video: Construction Permit - LRP Message

Industrial Storm Water General Permit Compliance Class Video
Taped October 2002-Riverside, California

Note: This video will soon be somewhat out-of-date due to the fact that the General Permit is soon to be revised. After the new permit is adopted, more up-to-date training will be available.

$20.00 or $25.00 for DVD
To Order :
Make the check payable to RWQCB, and mail it to:
Region 8
3737 Main Street, Suite 500
Riverside, CA 92501
(Attention: Michael Roth)
Please include a note requesting the video.

Hold on to your Dirt: Preventing Erosion from Construction Sites

This 20 minute training video provides information on BMPs for grading projects and for stabilizing disturbed land areas."Hold on to Your Dirt" describes the environmental impacts of uncontrolled erosion from construction projects, documents proper installations of the most commonly used control practices, and contains lively interviews with site managers, contractors, representatives of the Building Industry Association as well as Regional Water Quality Control Board staff. Winner of the Silver Apple,1998 (National Educational Media Network, formerly the National Educational Film Festival). Available in Spanish and English. (Revised 2002)

Friends of the San Francisco Estuary
20 Minutes, Video $15.00 Print Order Form (PDF)

Keep it Clean: Preventing Pollution from Construction Sites

Picks up where "Hold on to Your Dirt" leaves off - after mass grading and site stabilization. The highly effective BMPs recommended in the video are designed to prevent water pollution from non-stormwater construction-related activities, such as painting, stucco, concrete washout facilities and sawcutting. Also includes the new State sampling modifications. Recipient of the 1998 Award of Distinction (Communicator Awards). Available in Spanish and English. (Revised 2002)

Friends of the San Francisco Estuary
20 Minutes, Video $15.00 Print Order Form (PDF)
CD $20.00 Print Order Form (PDF)

Publication Available

CASQA Construction BMP Handbook / Portal

CASQA has developed a new CASQA Construction BMP Handbook / Portal to complement the new State Construction General Permit that takes effect July 2010.

CASQA is making the new CASQA Construction BMP Handbook / Portal available now for annual subscription to help permittees and other users prepare for when the new permit takes effect in July. Get more information about purchasing an annual subscription to the Construction BMP Handbook / Portal.

California Best Management Practices Handbooks

The California Stormwater Best Management Practice Handbooks have provided excellent guidance to the stormwater community since their publication by the Stormwater Quality Task Force (SWQTF) in 1993. The SWQTF has initiated the Handbook Update Project to revise and update the Handbooks to reflect current practices, standards, and knowledge gained about the effectiveness of Best Management Practices (BMPs), and to make the Handbooks more accessible.

The California Stormwater Quality Association is an independent advisory group of regulated entities. The statements and views on its Website do not necessarily reflect those of the State Water Board or the Regional Water Boards.

Order Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) Handbooks online.

Erosion & Sediment Control Field Manual

Best Management Practices (BMPs) for construction site planning and management,. erosion and sediment control, pollution prevention, and sampling guidelines. Descriptions of BMPs are concise and include full-color graphics and installation information including guidelines, timing and limitations. Also includes the new Phase II regulations, the State Board sampling and monitoring guidelines, and long-term maintenance information. (Revised 2002)

148 Pages, Full Color $30.00 Print Order Form

Start at the Source: A Design Guidance Manual for Stormwater Quality Protection

By the Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association (BASMAA). BASMAA's second edition of Start at the Source focuses on the importance of considering stormwater quality in the early stage of planning and designing land development and redevelopment.

This current edition has been updated and expanded to include commercial, industrial, and institutional development, as well as a technical section to provide more detailed information on the characteristics, application, design criteria, maintenance, and economics of the details that are discussed in this document, examples of case studies, frequently asked questions, and a complete glossary are also included.

Available at www.basmaa.org after May 30, 2003. For additional information please email BASMAA or phone 510 622-2326

The content of these Websites and documents do not necessarily reflect the view and policies of the State Water Resources Control Board, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.

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