Stormwater Compliance Demands More Than Inspections

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One of the most expensive line items in a site development budget today can be the SWPPP and post-construction stormwater BMPs required to comply with the federal Clean Water Act and its NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) regulations. Not only is design and construction more expensive – but property owners and their agents must plan for and address the real expense for inspections and maintenance of these stormwater treatment systems.

During this content-rich webinar, the expert speaker will address the current state of these regulations and some of the design consequences that hit owners with unexpected maintenance costs that their budget often cannot withstand. We will follow with a pictorial overview of completed project details that accomplish the design intent and others that do not. Finally, we will touch on some of the systemic weaknesses of current SWPPP and post-construction inspection processes and discuss Stormwater STL’s development of Comprehensive Stormwater Compliance Programs for several of their customers.

Presented as a partnership between Storm Water Solutions and the International Erosion Control Association (IECA), this event promises to be an eye-opening and thought-provoking presentation on the issues inherent in our stormwater management regulations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the history of the regulations we operate under today
  2. Learn the importance of thinking beyond standard design details and construction cost
  3. Expand design thinking to include ongoing operation and maintenance costs
  4. Recognize that our stormwater treatment programs must continue to evolve

Course Level: All

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Co-hosted by:


Steven W. Polk, P.E.

Founder & Managing Principal

After more than three decades of helping customers resolve zoning, site engineering and permitting challenges, Steve Polk elected to redirect his engineering business to the implementation of the NPDES Phase II regulations. Since that decision in 2008, he has focused his practice on the engineering, construction, inspection, maintenance, native plant stewardship and testing of stormwater management facilities. Stormwater STL now regularly inspects more than 175 projects several times each year, which provides well over 1500 BMP touchpoints and offers opportunities to see the components of stormwater quality systems in action. His research into stormwater regulations nationwide, coupled with dozens of local, state, regional and national presentations on stormwater quality issues have positioned Steve and Stormwater STL as leaders in this rapidly evolving industry.

At the completion of this course you will receive 1 Professional Development Hour of credit. For any questions on continuing education credit, please contact IECA Education at


Stormwater Compliance Demands More Than Inspections
Recorded 07/23/2020
Recorded 07/23/2020
Claim Credit - Stormwater Compliance Demands More Than Inspections
1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available