National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

NPDES Training

The NPDES permitting program offers training courses, workshops, and webinars to explain the regulatory framework and technical considerations of the NPDES permit program. These courses are designed for permit writers, dischargers, EPA officials, and other interested parties. 

Upcoming Training

  • NPDES Permit Writers' Course
    • Tampa, Florida (February 27 - March 3, 2017)
    • Kansas City, Missouri (May 1 - 5, 2017)
    • Austin, Texas (June 12 - 16, 2017)

Recorded Webinars and Training

These recorded presentations enable participants to review the material on demand in a self-paced environment.

Trainings:


NPDES Permit Writers’ Training

The NPDES permit writers' course is a five-day course covering the key elements of NPDES permit development. The course is taught by experienced EPA staff and contractors and has been one of EPA's most successful courses over the past decade.

Because of the popularity of the course, EPA has recorded web-based presentations covering the material presented in several key modules of the live course. The presentations also are useful for those who have not attended a live course, but wish to become familiar with important concepts of the NPDES permits program.

Presentation Instructions:

Use the TABS on the left-hand side of the screen to choose an outline or transcript view. If you want to comment or ask a question, click the email link to contact the instructor. You can pause or go back to a previous slide much like using a DVD player. Hitting the UP ARROW or LEFT ARROW keys will go back to the beginning of the previous slide. Hitting the DOWN ARROW or RIGHT ARROW keys will move to the beginning of the next slide.

There is an eight-question quiz at the end of this presentation. You must pass this quiz in order to complete the presentation and print a certificate of completion. A passing score is 80 out of 100 points. The questions on the quiz have different point values based on level of difficulty. The point value for each question is indicated as that question in presented in the quiz. If you do not pass the quiz, you may either retake the quiz by clicking "Retry Quiz" at the end of the quiz or return to the beginning of the presentation by clicking "Finish" at the end of the quiz.

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Web-Based Water Quality Trading Training

After releasing The Water Quality Trading Toolkit for Permit Writers, EPA developed and presented a series of one-day training workshops to a limited number of locations around the country. EPA has recorded Web-based presentations covering the material presented in the one-day water quality trading training workshops. The presentations are useful for those who wish to become familiar with key water quality trading concepts.

Presentation Instructions:

Use the TABS on the left-hand side of the screen to choose an outline or transcript view. If you want to comment or ask a question, click the email link to contact the instructor. You can pause or go back to a previous slide much like using a DVD player. Hitting the UP ARROW or LEFT ARROW keys will go back to the beginning of the previous slide. Hitting the DOWN ARROW or RIGHT ARROW keys will move to the beginning of the next slide.

There is an eight-question quiz at the end of this presentation. You must pass this quiz in order to complete the presentation and print a certificate of completion. A passing score is 80 out of 100 points. The questions on the quiz have different point values based on level of difficulty. The point value for each question is indicated as that question in presented in the quiz. If you do not pass the quiz, you may either retake the quiz by clicking "Retry Quiz" at the end of the quiz or return to the beginning of the presentation by clicking "Finish" at the end of the quiz.

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Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) to NPDES Permits Training

EPA has developed three Web-based training modules on topics related to TMDLs and NPDES permitting. The presentations are intended for TMDL developers and NPDES permitting staff to gain a better understanding of TMDL implementation through NPDES permits. 

The modules are available as unrecorded PowerPoint presentations with slides and scripts. The unrecorded modules can be used as-is or adapted with region or state-specific examples and information. The module-specific users’ guides provide more detail on the module content, as well as example discussion questions and additional resources. 

Presentation Instructions:

Use the TABS on the left-hand side of the screen to choose an outline or transcript view. If you want to comment or ask a question, click the email link to contact the instructor. You can pause or go back to a previous slide much like using a DVD player. Hitting the UP ARROW or LEFT ARROW keys will go back to the beginning of the previous slide. Hitting the DOWN ARROW or RIGHT ARROW keys will move to the beginning of the next slide.

There is an eight-question quiz at the end of this presentation. You must pass this quiz in order to complete the presentation and print a certificate of completion. A passing score is 80 out of 100 points. The questions on the quiz have different point values based on level of difficulty. The point value for each question is indicated as that question in presented in the quiz. If you do not pass the quiz, you may either retake the quiz by clicking "Retry Quiz" at the end of the quiz or return to the beginning of the presentation by clicking "Finish" at the end of the quiz.

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Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) Training

EPA headquarters' NPDES Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) online training course covers the key elements of EPA’s NPDES WET permits program. These recorded web-based course modules cover most of the material presented during the live EPA NPDES WET courses provided to EPA regional offices and to the states.

The online NPDES WET modules are for persons implementing or permitted under the NPDES WET permits program. The modules familiarize viewers with EPA’s NPDES WET permits program and important WET technical concepts.

How to Navigate through Each Presentation:

Use the TABS on the left-hand side of the screen to access the online course menu to select: slide(s) from any of the modules, the audio transcript, and the acronym definition list available throughout all the modules. If you want to send a question click on the button at the top for Email EPA HQ’s WET Coordinator. The Resources button at the same location lets you access pdfs of several EPA NPDES WET documents and the WET analysis spreadsheet. The online course allows you to pause, advance to the next slide, or return to a previous slide similar to a DVD player.

The core modules in the online course focus on EPA’s freshwater acute and short-term chronic toxicity WET test methods. The course also includes information about EPA’s acute marine and short-term chronic estuarine and marine WET test methods used by states on the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico; as well as short-term chronic WET test methods used by west coast states on the Pacific Ocean by clicking on a blue button when it appears. By clicking the blue button additional slides will appear with the relevant estuarine and marine WET test methods information. After viewing these additional slides, you will be automatically returned to where you were in the core NPDES WET course.

There is a quiz at the end of each module. You must pass this quiz in order to complete the module and be able to print a certificate of completion. A passing score of 80% is required. If you do not pass the quiz, you will be able to review the quiz or retry the quiz. You can review the module or any of the slides before repeating the quiz.

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Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) Videos

EPA Freshwater Series

EPA Saltwater Series

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