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Is stormwater training required?

by Chris

Stormwater training is almost always required, but when and how often should you conduct SWPPP training?

We frequently get asked "why do we need training again, nothing's changed?" Well, all environmental training is sort of like going to the gym. You need to keep going, and keep practicing, because like anything else in this world, practice makes perfect.

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Topics: Stormwater Permits, Stormwater Training, New Jersey Stormwater Permits

Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) vs Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD)

by Doug

We explain the differences between biological oxygen demand & chemical oxygen demand.

Yesterday afternoon I finished up some stormwater training with an old client of ours who changed some staff recently. I was brought in for some basic environmental training, and one of the topics we covered was their NPDES stormwater permit. No big deal. Everything went smooth. The new staff members were a pretty sharp bunch, and I think they'll have no trouble staying in compliance at all.

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Topics: Stormwater Permits, Stormwater Training

The top 8 reasons why your stormwater samples are bad!

by Chris

We discuss the reasons so many organizations end up with bad stormwater samples, or failing stormwater test results.

We do stormwater work all over the United States, and one common element we run into are facilities getting bad stormwater samples. NPDES stormwater permits often require that stormwater discharges be sampled, and that the results be compared to benchmarks or limits in the permit. Yet far too regularly, facilities get poor results, which are often very difficult to diagnose the cause of the bad results.

Now here's a situation I truly wish I had a dollar for every time I hear about it. Someone who holds an NPDES stormwater discharge permit calls us, and they want to discuss the bad sample results they got. They've been doing their BMPs, keeping their site neat and clean, updating their SWPPP, yet they still are getting bad sample results. They all want to know why are our stormwater samples so bad? Why are our stormwater results failing?

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Topics: Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits, Stormwater Training

Why do I need stormwater training?

by Doug

Here we discuss why you need annual stormwater training, who benefits from it, and what its goal is.

A lot of our clients initially came to us when they needed help with their stormwater permits. Whether they received a violation, needed to get covered under a permit or needed help with their stormwater plan, at the end of the day, they all had some new rules to follow which includes things like sampling, inspections, or stormwater training.

One of those rules was annual training, to which a lot of folks would turn around and say "Why do I need stormwater training?"

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Topics: Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits, Stormwater Training, Environmental Speaking & Training, Environmental Compliance Training

What is Stormwater Training?

by Doug

Here we discuss what stormwater training is and what your staff members might be trained upon.

A lot of our clients turn to us when it's time to get environmental training. Whether it's a new employee, site conditions change, or it's developing a system of training throughout the year to ensure a total understanding of rules and regulations, we help companies stay in compliance with their various permit training requirements.

A common problem that we see, and what brings a lot of folks who are out of compliance into our office, is many people don't do their required environmental training. Or, their training is done so poorly and inconsistently that it ends up spreading misinformation, often resulting in regulators issuing fines, penalties, and violations in one way or another.

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Topics: Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits, Stormwater Training, Environmental Compliance Training

Do I have to report bad stormwater sample results?

by Doug

Learn what to do next when you receive bad stormwater discharge sample results.

When you get bad stormwater results, you might wonder if you can ignore the results and grab another sample, hopefully one with better results. After all, it'd be a lot better to only report good sample results, right? The answer's not so simple, and almost without exception you have action to take, and you have to report the results.

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Topics: Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits, Stormwater Training

SPCC Training vs Stormwater Training – What's the difference?

by Doug

Training on your environmental permits & approvals is often required to stay in compliance. Failure to train can cost you in fines, penalties, and violations, and endanger your employees because they won't understand what to do, how to act, or how to treat an emergency. Here we discuss why two key training areas often incorrectly get combined, and why you should never mistake these as the same thing.

One of my staff members just finished up an SPCC Training workshop recently. We had a large client in a room, and we went over, in detail, their SPCC Plan, what it is, why they need one, the works. At the end of the day, one of their guys thanked us for helping to kill two birds with one stone, and we really helped their staff a lot. Confused, my guy asked what he meant.

"Well we just got SPCC training. That covers stormwater training for our permit, right? We don't need to train again, do we?"

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Topics: SPCC Plans, Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits, SPCC Training, Stormwater Training, Environmental Speaking & Training, Environmental Compliance Training

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