Attendees participating in a Muddy Water Blues event.
The Water Quality Restoration Program is currently implementing the Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Qualification Certificate Course. The goal of this educational program is to better educate the inspector on proper Best Management Practice (BMP) sections; how to layer those BMPs; and how to correctly install, inspect and maintain BMPs for use during and after construction to minimize impacts caused by uncontrolled erosion and sedimentation on the construction site. Likewise, the course will help develop a better knowledge of how to properly manage the impacts from solids (TSS), turbidity (NTUs), and nutrients (i.e., nitrogen and phosphorus) and other surface water contaminates. Florida’s stormwater program is technology based, using performance standards and BMP design criteria. The use of innovative techniques and specifically designed erosion control systems are encouraged in order to prevent or limit erosion and sedimentation problems during and after land disturbance and construction activities.
The program curriculum was originally developed and the training program began in late 1997. To date, there are over 35,000 qualified inspectors throughout the state of Florida through our educational program. Department of Environmental Protection approved instructors voluntarily teach the inspector training class throughout the year. This allows the instructors flexibility to arrange classes around their schedules.
The Inspector’s Training Program
This program is a two-day class that follows the curriculum provided in the Florida Stormwater, Erosion and Sedimentation Control Inspector’s Manual. Upon the completion of the class, a proctored examination is administered and approximately 1 hour is given to complete the exam. In order to obtain the DEP qualification certificate, a minimum passing grade of 70 percent must be made on the exam.
Train The Trainer Workshops
These workshops are regularly offered by DEP throughout the year in order to prepare new instructors for the training program. The workshop covers the guidelines instructors are required to follow in order to teach the class. It also allows instructors the time to work on both their teaching skills and speaking abilities. In order to attend, all participants must be DEP Certified Inspectors prior to the scheduled workshop date. Please contact Hal Lunsford if you are interested in becoming an instructor.
The objectives of this training and certification program are:
To ensure that the desired benefits of stormwater management systems are being achieved.
To ensure that both the public and private sectors have enough inspectors trained in the proper installation and maintenance of BMPs during and after construction.
To ensure a consistent level of technical expertise and professional conduct for all individuals responsible for inspecting erosion and sediment controls, and stormwater management systems.
Upcoming Special Outdoor Workshops, Events, Conferences
Workshops and Events
Florida Muddy Water Blues (MWB) Workshop is an indoor and outdoor technology transfer program primarily designed to help planners, designers, developers, contractors, inspectors and residents. They learn about erosion and sediment control practices and products to help them make better selections on BMPs needed to control erosion and sediment problems, which improves water quality during and after construction activities.
To register or get information about a particular class or event, select the appropriate link below.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.