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This Wisconsin General Permit to Discharge Online course teaches students the requirements of the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) so that they can legally discharge stormwater runoff from construction sites in accordance with the limitations set by the State of Wisconsin. Students will learn about the WPDES, the Clean Water Act, Storm Water Management Plans, and the best management practices to prevent erosion and pollution.

In compliance with the Wisconsin Administrative Code, a landowner of a construction site engaging in land-disturbing construction activities including clearing, grading and/or excavating, but excluding storm water discharges from Indian activities within Indian Country that discharges Storm Water Associated with Land-Disturbing Construction Activity is authorized to discharge storm water to waters of the State provided that the discharge is in accordance with the conditions in this permit.

Designed with self-paced learning in mind, this 2.5 hour course is provided completely online. Upon successful completion, students will earn a certificate and 2.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). 

Who Should Take this Wisconsin General Permit to Discharge Online Course?

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) construction site permit requires landowners to install practices to help decrease the amount of sediment that pollutes Wisconsin’s waterways from construction projects. This course is also applicable for:

  • Construction Site Managers
  • Site Developers
  • Contractors
  • Landowners

Topics to be Covered:

  • History of the Clean Water Act and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
  • Eligibility and Requirements under Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES)
  • Coverage and Limitations
  • Timelines and Processes for Notices of Intent
  • Design, Installation and Maintenance of Best Management Projects to Control Runoff
  • Erosion Control
  • Maintaining Compliance
  • Recordkeeping and Reporting

Unless notified in writing by the Department of Natural Resources to the contrary, the effective date of coverage under this permit is 14 working days AFTER an applicant's complete Notice of Intent (NOI) has been received by the Department.

Permit coverage continues until submittal of a Notice of Termination (NOT) for a project and terminates upon written confirmation by the Department. The maximum period of permit coverage for any project is limited to THREE (3) years per Notice of Intent. Therefore, AFTER THREE (3) years of initial permit coverage, the permittee is no longer authorized to discharge under this permit UNLESS another Notice of Intent for the original project including the application fee is submitted to retain coverage under this permit or a reissued version of this permit.

At the completion of this course, you will be able to describe and administratively explain the following:

  •  The history of the Clean Water Act and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program;
  • The terms and applicability criteria, regulations, eligibility conditions and compliance required under the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES);
  • The timelines and process for the Notice of Intent (NOI);
  • Design, install, inspect and maintain BMPs to control runoff at the source to prevent pollution from entering neighboring waters;
  • Erosion control and water quality standards;
  • Inspection requirements, monitoring, maintenance and corrective actions;
  • The requirements of a compliant Storm Water Management Plan;
  • The deadlines for terminating permit coverage and the Notice of Termination (NOT) filing process;
  • General conditions, liabilities, severability, spill reporting, enforcement and recordkeeping requirements.
CertificatesStudents can download their certificates upon course completion from within the student dashboard. An official embossed certificate, wallet card, completion letter, and hardhat decal will arrive by mail within 3-weeks of course completion.
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As an occupational trade school for stormwater management, StormwaterONE specializes in the development and delivery of state specific eLearning programs including Stormwater Management for construction, industrial, and Municipal permitting. StormwaterONE also offers full administrative services for state agencies, enterprise clients, and individual trainers.

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