Additional Stormwater Training
Over the past 30 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) have realized the great impact stormwater runoff can have on our streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands. Stormwater discharges from construction activities and developed areas can carry numerous pollutants, such as sediment, nutrients, bacteria, oil and grease, trash, pesticides and metals. Unlike sanitary and industrial wastewater, stormwater is not treated prior to entering receiving waters.
Federal, state and local governments have passed regulations to address stormwater runoff pollution. The primary methods to manage stormwater runoff are with the use of Erosion Prevention and Sediment Controls (EPSCs) for construction activities, and permanent Stormwater Control Measures (SCMs) for developed areas. The proper design, construction, inspection and maintenance of these EPSCs and SCMs are critical steps towards improving and protecting water quality. Stormwater management educational resources and training for design professionals, contractors, and state and local officials are equally necessary.
In an effort to meet this need, TDEC has partnered with The University of Tennessee to establish the Tennessee Stormwater Management Training program. The program offers multiple educational resources and training opportunities, including the preparation and implementation of stormwater pollution prevention plans for construction activities (TNEPSC Level 1 & Level 2), and the design and management of stormwater runoff from developed areas (SCM Design & Inspection and Maintenance).