Stormwater Quality Program

Online Training

​Stormwater Quality Training Opportunities for County Employees​

The following information are training resources for stormwater quality. As with all projects, everything is site specific and many of the links show projects throughout the nation with different laws and site conditions. However, the main concerns remain the same and some of these innovative designs may help in finding solutions.

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Eight Tools of Watershed Protection in Developing Areas

Sponsored by: U.S. EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans, & Watersheds, Watershed Academy.​
This powerpoint presentation was originally presented by Thomas R. Schueler, Director of Watershed Research and Practice, Center for Watershed Protection ( June 22, 2005.

This presentation will "highlight effective tools communities can apply to minimize the impact of land development on their streams, lakes and estuaries. … will review the eight tools localities can apply to protect their subwatersheds-watershed planning, natural area conservation, buffers, better site design, erosion and sediment control, stormwater management practices, non-stormwater discharges and watershed stewardship.” A full description is available at the website.

​Summary of the Clean Water Act

U.S. EPA Laws & RegulationsThe Clean Water Act (CWA) is the corn​erstone of surface water quality protection in the United States. The statute employs a variety of regulatory and nonregulatory tools to sharply reduce direct pollutant discharges into waterways, finance municipal wastewater treatment facilities, and manage polluted runoff.

Better Site Design

This presentation is different than the one co-sponsored by the County of Sacramento. This presentation was developed by the Center of Watershed Protection.

“One of the best ways to mitigate the impact of land development on watersheds is to control the way that development sites are designed. Better site design is a process by which local governments can review their zoning codes and ordinances to minimize impervious cover and promote conservation of natural areas. This presentation outlines 22 model principles for land development that focus on streets, parking lots, lot design, and conservation of natural areas in new developments.”