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Sarasota County Water Atlas


Education for county and municipal employees is essential to ensure that they understand the requirements of the NPDES and MS4 components of the Clean Water Act, and know how to comply with them.

The Nonpoint Source Management Section of the FDEP currently is implementing the Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training & Certification Program. The goal of the program is to increase the proper design, construction, and maintenance of erosion and sediment controls during construction and to assure the proper long-term operation and maintenance of stormwater systems after their installation is completed.

Sarasota County and its co-permittees provide training for their staff members, to teach them about potential sources of stormwater contamination and ways they can minimize the water quality impact of routine activities, such as:

  • Park and open space maintenance,
  • Fleet and building maintenance,
  • Construction and land disturbances, and
  • Storm drain system maintenance

These training programs include a general stormwater awareness message, pollution prevention/good housekeeping measures, spill response and prevention, and recognizing, tracking, reporting and correcting illicit discharges. Staff is instructed about compliance with stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs) for municipal facilities and BMPs recommended for use in the field to prevent and respond to contaminated discharges.

The Florida Stormwater Association (FSA) is a nonprofit organization formed in 1993 to serve professionals in stormwater management and finance. The FSA provides top quality training, technical assistance and advocacy services. Certification classes are approved by FDEP, are taught by qualified experts and all equipment and materials are provided. Sponsorship funding is often available, which allows the courses to be offered free of charge to FSA members.