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
Stormwater Management Assistance, Research and Training (SMART) Center at 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).
• To learn more about the Tennessee Erosion
Prevention and Sediment Control (TNEPSC) Training Program for Construction Activities
• To learn more about the NEW Permanent Stormwater
Management Training Program please visit tnpermanentstormwater.org.