Saturday, February 12, 2011

Qualified SWPPP Developer & Qualified SWPPP Practitioner Requirements Under Draft California Permit

UPDATE: On July 16, 2012, an updated draft was released. Click here for a summary of the revised draft ICP

On January 28, 2011, the California State Water Resources Control Board released its draft General Permit for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activities. The draft NPDES permit proposes several changes from the existing California General Permit.

One of the important changes will be especially significant for facilities that have in the past prepared their own stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP). Under the proposed permit, all dischargers will need to appoint a Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD) to prepare, write, and make any revisions to the SWPPP, and appoint a Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) to help implement the SWPPP.

The minimum requirements to become a certified Qualified SWPPP Developer includes have one of the following registrations for certifications, and appropriate experience, as required for:

  • California registered professional civil engineer;
  • California registered professional geologist or engineering geologist;
  • California registered landscape architect;
  • Professional hydrologist registered through the American Institute of Hydrology;
In addition, the QSD must successfully complete the State Water Board-sponsored or approved QSD training course within one year after the effective date of this General Permit.

Unless a facility has a registered engineer, geologist, landscape artitict, or professional hydrologist on staff, facilities subject to the permit will need to contract outside professional services to prepare, certify and update the SWPPP.

The minimum requirement to become a certified Qualified SWPPP Practitioner is to successfully complete the State Water Board-sponsored or approved QSP training course within one year from the effective date of the General Permit.
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