Post-Construction BMP Inspector

The purpose of the Post-Construction BMP Inspector program is to train professionals in methods and strategies for conducting routine and thorough inspections of stormwater management practices.  

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.

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:

  • wet and dry ponds
  • stormwater wetlands
  • bioretention and infiltration practices
  • manufactured devices
  • underground detention
  • swales and buffers
  • parking lot BMPs and permeable materials
  • rainwater harvesting
  • green roofs

Guidance for inspection preparation, execution, documentation, and safety will also be provided.

The Post-Construction BMP Inspector program 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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE.  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.

MPM on iPad


FORMAT.  The course will be offered through Clemson's Center for Watershed Excellence.  The online classroom will feature:

  • Learn from home or work using computer or tablet/iPad
  • Complete coursework on your schedule and at your pace
  • Earn certification and professional development hours
  • Learn from local experts with material specific to South Carolina’s conditions, soils, regulations, experiences and practices

COURSE STRUCTURE.  As a "hybrid" course combining online and face-to-face learning, it will incorporate self-paced lectures, discussion, quizzes, and other web-based methods of participant-instructor interaction, along with hands-on participation activities in the field.

Course Contact
The program development team leader for this course is:
Dan Hitchcock, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor
Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science
Clemson University

The development team includes:
Dan Hitchcock, Ph.D., P.E.
Cal Sawyer, Ph.D.
J.P. Johns, P.E.
Chuck Jarman
Michael Griffin

Technical/Registration Contact
Michael P. Griffin
Course Coordinator
Center for Watershed Excellence

The will next be offered in Summer 2015, with the field component occurring in the Charleston area.  Some key dates include:

  • Registration opens 6/10/2015
  • Registration closes 7/17/2015
  • Course opens 7/29/2015
  • In-person field day 9/9/2015