Stormwater Pollutant Chemistry, Monitoring, and BMP Effectiveness Training Course - CalEPA Water Board Staff Only

  • December 14, 2020
  • 8:00 AM
  • December 15, 2020
  • 5:00 PM
  • Live Online Training (Webinar)


December 14 - 15, 2020, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. PST (2 Days)

Pacific Time Zone

Live Interactive Online Training



Note: This course is open to California State Water Resources Control Board Staff only. Please register internally with the Training Academy.

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Overview: This practical and highly acclaimed course provides a comprehensive overview of stormwater pollution chemistry and its applications to stormwater monitoring and treatment. Topics include an overview of stormwater pollutant sources, characteristics, transport and fate, monitoring, best management practices (BMPs), BMP selection and performance, current research, and emerging technologies. Surface water and groundwater protection are also covered.


Course Topics


Stormwater Quality Principles
  • General Stormwater Chemistry
  • Chemo/Pollutographs
  • Stormwater Monitoring
  • Grab versus Composite Sampling
  • Event Mean Concentrations
  • Pollutant Loads
  • Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET)
  • Managing First Flush
  • Sediment Chemistry
  • Common Pollutant Sources
  • Atmospheric Deposition
  • Contaminant Transport and Fate
  • Metal Pollutant Properties
  • Organic Pollutant Properties
  • Partitioning Coefficients
  • Complexation & Speciation
  • Cation Exchange
  • Redox Potential
  • Acidity (pH)
  • Alkalinity and Hardness
  • Conductivity


Stormwater Pollutant Properties
  • Thermal Pollution
  • Solids (Turbidity, TS, TSS, TDS, and SSC)
  • Nanoparticles
  • Acid/Base Generating Material
  • Metals (Al, Ag, As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Pb, Hg, Ni, Pb, Se, Sb, and Zn)
  • Salts and Other Minerals
  • Nutrients
  • Oxygen Demanding Pollutants
  • Oil and Grease
  • Antifreeze Glycols
  • Detergents, Soaps and Other Surfactants
  • Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)

  • Persistent Organic Pollutants

  • PAHs

Stormwater Pollutants (cont.)

  • PCBs
  • Phthalates
  • Pesticides and Degradates
  • Pathogens


Stormwater Treatment Processes
  • Coagulation/Flocculation
  • Precipitation
  • Sedimentation
  • Flotation
  • Laminar Separation
  • Vortex Separation
  • Screening
  • Filtration
  • Sorption
  • Temperature Reduction
  • Acid/Base Neutralization
  • Volatilization
  • Disinfection
  • Biodegradation
  • Phytodegradation
  • Soil Processes
  • Infiltration


BMP Effectiveness
  • BMP and LID Categories
  • BMP Selection Criteria
  • Performance Assessment
  • International BMP Database
  • Concentration Reduction
  • Load Reduction
  • Efficiency Ratio
  • Summation of Loads
  • Effluent Probability Method
  • Online vs. Offline Facilities
  • Low Impact Development
  • Treatment Trains
  • TAPE Approved BMPs
  • Zero Valent Iron Applications
  • Biochar Applications
  • Engineered Streambeds
  • Permeable Reactive Weirs


Groundwater and Surface Water Protection


Intended Audience: Water quality professionals seeking an improved understanding of stormwater chemistry and its applications to stormwater treatment and management. Scientists, engineers, enforcement and field staff, program managers, and stormwater policy makers will benefit from attending.

Education Level: Current research and advanced topics are included to ensure all experience levels benefit from attending.

Course Materials: Course proceedings and reference material.

Credit: 15 PDHs and 1.5 CEUs for completing 15 hours of instruction.

Registration: This course is open to California State Water Resources Control Board staff only. Please register internally with the Training Academy.
About the Instructor:  Erick McWayne has twenty-five years of professional experience in water quality management and teaching related courses. As a consultant, he managed contaminated surface water and groundwater projects for the Department of Defense and other clients. He currently provides consulting support to water quality improvement projects and teaches courses in environmental chemistry, transport and fate, hydrogeology, remediation, stormwater, and surface water management with the University of California Davis and the National Environmental Management Association. Between teaching and consulting, he researches and develops new water treatment technologies.

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