Industrial Stormwater Compliance Manager™

Our 2-Day stormwater compliance and stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) training course qualifies you to develop and manage facility stormwater compliance.

Confidently manage stormwater discharge compliance.

Discharges of stormwater from certain industrial activities and facilities are subject to environmental permitting requirements. Understanding permitting requirements and options; how to develop, review, or improve a SWPPP; and effective implementation techniques is critical to maintaining compliance with this strictly enforced regulatory program.

Most SWPPPs are prepared and implemented at a facility level, without initial permitting authority review, so the first (or only) agency evaluation of a facility’s stormwater compliance program occurs during regulatory enforcement inspections. Proactively pursuing full compliance alleviates the risk of unanticipated outcomes from those inspections.

Prepare and implement a SWPPP, monitor compliance, prepare for inspections.

Facilities subject to stormwater discharge permitting under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), either at the Federal or state level, must obtain the appropriate permit and develop and effectively implement SWPPPs. Those challenged with achieving compliance with industrial stormwater discharge requirements must understand applicable restrictions, required actions, and prohibited actvities well beyond basic regulatory language.

Because facilities differ in terms of site configurations, potential sources of stormwater pollutants, receiving water type, and opportunities to control exposure, the stormwater regulations are intentionally flexible, allowing facilities to conceive of best management practices (BMPs) suitable to protect water quality. The flexibility to select BMPs on a facility-specific basis also presents risks of errors, missed opportunities, and compliance deficiencies. Current interpretations, agency guidance, and practical on-the-ground applications pose a challenge to both new and experienced environmental professionals.

The monitoring and sampling required by NPDES stormwater dischage permits poses another compliance challenge, as facilities must consistently complete monitoring in a valid and well-documented manner while complying with directives embedded in permits.

Because industrial stormwater discharges are regulated at the state level in 45 states, this course focuses on permit and SWPPP requirements common to all states. Federal requirements (applicable in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and the District of Columbia, tribal lands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Guam) are addressed specificially and state-level permits and SWPPP requirements are addressed based on the applicability and interest of course attendees.

Who should attend this course?

The Industrial Stormwater Compliance Manager™ course is completed by individuals responsible for managing stormwater permitting at a facility or organizational level, developing SWPPPs, or implementing SWPPP and managing permit compliance.

  • Plan Preparers — SWPPP under Federal NPDES general permits must be prepared in accordance with good engineering practices and to industry standards by a “qualified person”. This can be an internal employee who is knowledgeable in the principles and practices of industrial stormwater controls and pollution prevention, and possesses the education and ability to assess conditions at the industrial facility that could impact stormwater quality, and the education and ability to assess the effectiveness of stormwater controls selected and installed to meet the requirements of the permit.
  • PEs/PGs — EPA may require that a licensed professional engineer (PE) or licensed professional geologist (PG) certify the plan in certain circumstances. PEs or PGs certifying SWPPS must be knowledgeable in the principles and practices of industrial stormwater controls and pollution prevention, and possesses the education and ability to assess conditions at the industrial facility that could impact stormwater quality. This course provided that required knowledge and capability.
  • Environmental Compliance Managers who are responsible for stormwater discharge compliance or overall facility compliance
  • EHS Professionals who need to more fully understand stormwater permitting and compliance

State Requirements – Many states provide specific requirements for preparers of SWPPPs, including some requiring state certifications. This course provides the training necessary for plan preparers in most states, but does not provide state-level certification for those states where such certification is required.

Employee Training – Your stormwater discharge permit will require that you provide and document annual training to all employees who work in areas where industrial materials or activities are exposed to stormwater, or who are responsible for implementing activities necessary to meet the conditions of this permit (e.g., inspectors, maintenance personnel), including all members of your stormwater pollution prevention team. This course, along with facility specific training, supports that requirement.

What is the course format?

Industrial StormaCompliance Manager™ is presented as a series of topical modules in a logical sequence, exercises, and open discussions to keep the instruction interesting and enjoyable. Each module is designed to foster open class discussion to explore the finer points of these requirements. Class exercises are used to break up the day and apply new information to real-life scenarios, including evaluations and critiques of facility SWPPPs.

Students are encouraged to bring copies of your SWPPPs and stormwater NPDES discharge permits, if available, so they can be reviewed by classmates and the instructor as part of the class. The result is a valuable action plan for improving your plan, simplifying plan implementation, and ensuring permit compliance.

What does this course deliver?

You will leave the course prepared to take on the preparation of a SWPPP and management of a stormwater discharge compliance program. You will understand the practical application of these regulations at a facility level and be prepared for agency compliance inspections. Course binder and handout materials form useful references for your continued use, and you will have the instructor’s contact information for any future questions.

At completion of the course, you will receive a certificate for your records.

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. Schwarz, 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 prepared approximately 50 SPCC plans and has evaluated the compliance status of approximately 750 SPCC plans and regulated facilities. 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.


Bill Decker, PE, is a registered professional engineer in 32 States and is an expert in SPCC regulations and compliance strategies. He has more than 25 years experience of facility environmental compliance experience and has authored, evaluated, and approved SPCC plans for facilities in nearly every state. Bob is an energetic instructor who has successfully delivered Aarcher Institute courses to more than 500 students over the past 5 years.