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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.


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:

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

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


Community Clean-Up Event:                                                                

  • Yuba County's 18th Annual Coastal Cleanup Event
    will be on Saturday, September 15, 2018 9am-noon
          More Details



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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