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Public Works

Michael Lee, Director

915 8th Street, Suite 125, Marysville, CA 95901

(530)749-5420 Fax: (530)749-5424


SWPPP Certification Requirements
On September 2, 2009, the California Construction General Permit was adopted.  The permit was actually implemented July 1, 2010.  One of the requirements associated with the new permit is the development of qualified individuals to develop SWPPPs (QSD) and conduct inspections (QSP).

Qualified SWPPP Developer:
The discharger shall ensure that SWPPPs are written, amended and certified by a Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD).

A QSD shall have one of the following registrations or certifications, and appropriate experience, as required for:
  1. A California registered professional civil engineer;

  2. A California registered professional geologist or engineering geologist;

  3. A California registered landscape architect;

  4. A professional hydrologist registered through the American Institute of Hydrology;

  5. A Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) TM registered through Enviro Cert International, Inc.;

  6. A Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ) TM registered through Enviro Cert International, Inc.; or

  7. A professional in erosion and sediment control registered through the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET);


**Effective two years after the adoption date of this General Permit, a QSD shall have attended a State Water Board-sponsored or approved QSD training course and pass the State Sponsored QSD exam.  For

Qualified SWPPP Practitioner: The discharger shall ensure that all BMPs required by this General Permit are implemented by a Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP). A QSP is a person responsible for non-storm water and storm water visual observations, sampling and analysis.


A QSP shall be either a QSD or have one of the following certifications:

  1. a.  A certified erosion, sediment and storm water inspector (CESSWI) registered through Enviro Cert International, Inc.; or

  2. b.  A certified inspector of sediment and erosion control (CISEC) registered through Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control, Inc.


**Effective two years after the adoption date (September 2, 2009) of this General Permit, a QSP shall have attended a State Water Board-sponsored or approved QSP training course and pass the State Sponsored QSP exam.



State and Regional Water Boards proctor the exam to become a QSP/QSD.

The Exam will be given in 2 parts:

QSP portion is ~80 questions (maximum 2 hours allowed). You must pass the 2-hour QSP Exam portion with a score of 70% or better. 

QSD portion is an additional ~45 questions (additional 1 hour allowed). You must take both parts and pass each Exam with a score of 70% or better. 

There is no cost to take the exam, but seats do fill up quickly.  For a schedule of upcoming exams, please click here.

See EnviroCert International, Inc. for Certification Programs.

Go to the following site for more information on the 2009-0009-DWQ Construction General Permit:  State Water Resources Control Board
California Coastal Clean-up Day
Yuba County's 13th Annual Coastal Cleanup Event
was Saturday, September 21, 2013
On Saturday, September 21, 2013 we hosted our 13th annual California Coastal Cleanup on the Yuba River.



Why are we participating in the Coastal Cleanup Day when we are not located on the coast? 


Past Coastal Cleanup Day data tell us that most (between 60-80 percent) of the debris on our beaches and shorelines comes from inland sources, traveling through storm drains, creeks or rivers out to the beaches and ocean.  Rain -- or even something as simple as hosing down a sidewalk can wash cigarette butts, bits of Styrofoam, pesticides, and oil into the storm drains and out to the ocean.  We are asking all Californians to take responsibility for making sure trash goes where it belongs -- securely in a trashcan, recycling bin, or a hazardous waste dump when appropriate.

California Coastal Cleanup Day Link:


Every year several organizations come together to participate in and support this worthy cause.

Teachers and Scout leaders rally their students to volunteer

  • Recology Yuba Sutter provides dumpsters for disposal

  • The Fish and Game Commission provides support and lunches

  • SaveMart provides food and support

  • The City of Marysville Police and Yuba County Sheriff’s Department provides officers to patrol the area before and during the event

  • Yuba County Animal Control patrols the area in advance

  • Yuba County Public Works department provides a backhoe, trucks, personnel, port-a-potty, and event signs, and

  • Yuba County Environmental Health provides staffing for management, coordination and planning.


It really takes a group effort and without the continued commitment and assistance from all, this event would not have the continued and cumulative success we have had to clean up trash in our environment and prevent waste from being washed into our rivers and oceans. 


Thanks to all for the continued support and environmental stewardship!!!

For more information please contact Paul Donoho via e-mail or at (530)749-5471.


Thank you to everyone! 


2013 Coastal Cleanup Event:

Approximately 143 volunteers cleaned up 19,220 lbs. of trash and recyclables along the Yuba River.  That brings the total amount of trash we have removed to date from the banks of the Yuba and Feather Rivers to approximately 223,112 pounds!!





Want to get involved in a Citizens Watch Group? 

Want to report illegal dumping?

Contact Kathy Gregg with the Yuba County Public Works Department at (530)749-5426

or email at:

Stormwater Management Program:

The Yuba County Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) is being initiated by Yuba County and the City of Marysville to fulfill requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II requirements for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (Small MS4s).  The Yuba County SWMP provides a plan for the affected agencies within the County to follow Best Management Practices (BMPs), measurable goals, and timetables for the implementation of the Six Minimum Control Measures required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the State Water Resource Control Board.


County Strom Drain System:
"County storm drain system" means those public man-made facilities within the unincorporated area of the County which are owned, operated, maintained or controlled by the County by which stormwater may be conveyed to natural surface waters, including, but not limited to, any roads with drainage systems, municipal streets, catch basins, water basins, detention basins, constructed wetland, artificial channels, aqueducts, curbs, gutters, ditches, sumps, pumping stations, storm drain inlets, and storm drains.
Illicit Discharge:

An illicit discharge is the release or placement of any material into the County storm drain system, or any natural waters which is not expressly authorized by the County, including, but not limited to, stormwater, wastewater, pollutants, solid material, liquids, hazardous waste, raw materials, debris, litter or any other substance. 

Report a Discharge

When to make a report?

* When you notice unusual odors in or near the storm drain.

* When you find dumped waste in or near the storm drain.

* When the drainage system has unusually large flows during dry periods.

* When you see someone illegally dumping anything into the storm drain.

Note: If you are reporting an emergency situation that could result in imminent or substantial danger to the health and safety of persons, call 911.

To report any of the above mentioned items please contact:

Kathy Gregg at (530) 749-5426 or e-mail information to


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