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Clean Water Act Permitting and Compliance

This course is designed for persons who need to understand the basics of water programs authorized by the Clean Water Act (CWA). The course covers such essential topics as water permitting and compliance; storm water permitting and compliance; spill prevention, control and countermeasures planning and compliance; wetlands permitting; and other CWA programs. The course format includes practical exercises and an open group discussion sessions intended to maximize understanding of the material. Course completion will enable attendees to:

  • Determine wastewater and storm water permitting
  • Understand spill prevention, control and countermeasure planning requirements
  • Develop practical compliance strategies


Course topics
  • Clean Water Act Overview
    • Waters of the U.S., waters of the state
    • Agency jurisdiction
    • Effluent Guidelines
    • Monitoring, reporting and recordkeeping
  • Pretreatment Permitting
    • Applicability
    • Requirements
  • NPDES Permitting Program
    • Applicability
    • Requirements
    • Cooling water intake structures
  • Stormwater Permitting and Pollution Prevention Plans
    • Applicability
    • Requirements
  • Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC)
    • Applicability
    • Requirements
  • Facility Response Plans (FRP)
    • Applicability
    • Requirements
  • Section 404 Permitting/Wetlands
    • Applicability
    • Requirements
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    Mar 03, 2021 -- Dallas, TX
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Jun 09, 2021 -- Chicago, IL
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    What others are saying about this course
    • Instructor was very knowledgeable and did a great job at presenting and using real world examples from our industries.
    • It tied the various concepts and permit together for me, which increased my understanding of the CWA.
    • The instructor used real life examples during the course that allowed for better understanding.
    • The instructor's ability to use examples to explain certain sections of the class made it easier to grasp the material.
    • The instructor was very engaging and kept the material interesting.

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