Qualified Inspectors and State-specific CGPs: Pathways to Creating a Qualified Inspection Workforce

Recorded On: 2023/10/05

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Qualified Inspectors and State-specific CGPs

Pathways to Creating a Qualified Inspection Workforce



Moderators: Kristi Anspach, CPESC and Donald Pearson, EI, CPESC
Panelists: Rebecca Forman, David Harris, Kendra Henderson and Greg Schaner

This webinar is put together by the IECA Erosion and Sediment Control education track committee. In the 2022 Federal CGP, the term ‘qualified inspector’ was defined to include a required minimum certification level for all sites operating under the federal CGP. To support this, the EPA has created a national certification program, and has approved other certifications that also meet this standard. Currently, some states have state-focused certifications that have been approved as meeting the new EPA standards, which allows state-based (delegated authority states) inspectors to gain greater knowledge of the NPDES permit, practices, BMPs and requirements that affect the projects they are inspecting. The panel will discuss how states have launched certification program and discuss how successful the current programs are. The group will dive into lessons learned on creating a program, and how the program should develop over time.

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Kristi Anspach, CPESC, CESSWI (Moderator)

Assistant Resident Engineer

Summit Design and Engineering Services

Kristi has worked in the field of stormwater pollution prevention and erosion and sediment control since 1996, after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She spent the first decade of her career as a regulatory inspector, working first with two county-based local erosion and sediment control programs and later with the Roadside Environmental Unit of the NC Department of Transportation. During her time working with regulatory and permitting authorities, Kristi found an additional interest in policy and permit drafting, which has carried forward throughout her career. Since 2006, Kristi has worked in the private sector focusing on stormwater and NPDES planning and compliance for residential and commercial construction. Throughout the past fifteen years, she has also served on various stakeholder and technical groups in North Carolina, including those responsible for drafting updates to the statewide NC Construction General Permit for Stormwater and the NC Sedimentation Control Administrative Code.

Donald Pearson, EI, CPESC (Moderator)

Assistant Resident Engineer

Summit Design and Engineering Services

After graduation from North Carolina State Universities Biological and Agricultural Department in 1990, Donald began a 30-year career with the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Roadside Environmental Unit that ended with his retirement in May of 2021. Donald started a second career with Summit Design and Engineering Services in late June 2021. Donald’s responsibilities with NCDOT’s Roadside Environmental Unit included oversite of numerous infrastructure projects within the Piedmont area of the State to ensure environmental compliance with the North Carolina Sedimentation and Pollution Control Act, State and Federal Water Quality requirements, and NPDES permit expectations. Donald obtained his Certification as an Engineering Intern in 1999, his Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control Certification (CPESC) in 2004, and his Certified Erosion, Sediment and Stormwater Inspector Certification (CESSWI) in 2023. He has his Remote Pilot Certificate for operating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) and utilizes that skill to assist in a variety of operations on Highway Construction Sites within North Carolina.

Donald co-instructs the Level 1 and 2 Erosion and Sediment/Stormwater Control Certification Classes, through NC State University’s Crop and Soil Science Department, for individuals planning to work on NCDOT projects. He is currently serving his second three-year term on the NC Sedimentation Commission’s Technical Advisory Committee which offers support and guidance for the State’s Land Resources group staffed under the NC Department of Environmental Quality. He also serves on the IECA Educational Track Erosion and Sediment Control Subcommittee.

Greg Schaner

Attorney Adviser, Water Permits Division


Greg started work for EPA’s Office of Water in 2003. His focus at EPA during that time has been almost entirely on the NPDES stormwater permitting program. In that role, Greg has worked on the 2003, 2012, 2017, and 2022 CGPs, and the 2005 MSGP, and led the effort to revise the MS4 permitting regulations in 2015 and 2023. Prior to EPA, Greg worked at the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and the State of Maryland’s Natural Resources Department. 

Kendra Henderson

Department of Ecology, Washington

Kendra Henderson works for the Washington State Department of Ecology as the Construction Stormwater General Permit writer. In this position, she manages the Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) training program and the CESCL database. She has been in her current role for a year and with Ecology a little over four years.

David Harris

North Carolina Department of Transportation

David Harris is the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s State Roadside Environmental Engineer. David has over 30 years’ experience working in erosion and sedimentation control for highway construction and maintenance activities. He is a registered professional engineer and has had the privilege of working with some of the greatest erosion control professionals in the country while at NCDOT.

Dr. Rebecca Forman

University of Minnesota

Rebecca is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Erosion and Stormwater Management Certification Program.  Prior to joining the Program staff, she spent more than 12 years as an environmental consultant specializing in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) construction and industrial Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) design and inspection and in due diligence and environmental compliance investigation and reporting. She is passionate about protecting aquatic systems and is equally passionate about understanding the best methods to help non-traditional students learn. Rebecca is the recipient of the 2022 Innovation Award from the Minnesota Erosion Control Association for her work developing the Erosion Program’s online courses.


Owner, Creative Courses

Alex Zimmerman CPESC, CISEC, CESSWI, AK-BC-NT-WA-CESCL, QSP Alex Zimmerman brings over 20 years of large scale construction and reclamation experience to Erosion and Sediment Control and stormwater training. From large disturbance, linear, and single-family construction to restoration and emergency landslide repair, his experiences add to informative trainings on real world issues for construction site and facility operators, inspectors, and designers. Alex has been helping project teams succeed by planning for the productive and compliant completion of varied construction and restoration projects. Alex has been recognized by various associations and agencies for his professional course preparation and delivery. Developing custom trainings for audiences as varied as Alaska Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska Department of Transportation, South Dakota Solid Waste Management Association, Building Industry Association of Washington, North Dakota Solid Waste & Recycling Association, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Northwest Territories Department of Transportation, and the British Columbia Erosion and Sediment Control Association. Alex stays up to date and informed on the latest regulations and compliance challenges. He was a past recipient of the Educational Achievement award by the International Erosion Control Association.

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