Stormwater BMP Inspection & Maintenance

Municipalities and counties in South Carolina recognize the necessity of inspection and maintenance of stormwater infrastructure. When a neighborhood or property management company cannot carry these tasks out, communities are faced with the challenge of enforcement actions or utilization of limited staff and financial resources to accomplish the task. The goal of the course is to offer a comprehensive statewide program for stormwater-related professionals with the following specific learning objectives:

  • Understand stormwater dynamics and issues, how they affect water quantity and quality, and associated federal, state and local regulations.
  • Gain applied technical knowledge about stormwater control measures and practices used in South Carolina, as well as how they should function and perform.
  • Acquire practical working knowledge about the inspection and maintenance requirements of each stormwater practice.
  • Learn about available tools for successful inspection and maintenance program implementation and evaluation.

The Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) Inspection and Maintenance Certification Program (IMCP) will ensure that science-based information for low impact development practices and climate change are made available to communities in their evaluation of stormwater infrastructure operation and performance. 

The target audience for this course includes design engineers, stormwater managers, public works staff, commercial landscapers and homeowner associations. In addition, current partnerships with communities have identified the need for consistent evaluation of these practices, and there exist many opportunities to connect trained students with summer internships and future employment.

Course Content:  The purpose of the Stormwater BMP Inspection and Maintenance Certification Program (IMCP) is to train professionals in methods and strategies for conducting routine and thorough inspections of stormwater management practices.  Areas to be covered include technical elements of stormwater management practice function and performance, as well as scheduled maintenance tasks that are required to ensure these installed practices are working as intended.  Stormwater BMPs to be covered include (1) wet and dry ponds, (2) stormwater wetlands, (3) bioretention and infiltration practices, (4) manufactured devices, (5) underground detention, (6) swales and buffers, (7)  parking lot BMPs and permeable materials, (8) rainwater harvesting, and (9) green roofs.  Guidance for inspection preparation, execution, documentation, and safety will also be provided.  This two-day training session is a pilot workshop that will be designed to allow for feedback from the participants; however, registrants will achieve certification by completing the course and passing the exam at the end of the workshop, all for a discounted fee.  Field tours of local BMPs are included, so participants should dress appropriately and be prepared for outdoor conditions.

The development of this program is led by Dan Hitchcock, Ph.D., P.E., Clemson University Associate Professor based at the Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science.  The course development team includes Woolpert, Greenville County, and the Clemson Water Resources Program Team.  The course will be piloted in 2014 and the initial online offering for this course will be in 2015.  

For more information about this course offering, contact Dan Hitchcock.  If you have questions about registration, please contact Michael Griffin, Course Coordinator of the Center for Watershed Excellence.