Programs

Training

From engineers, to maintenance, to environmental staff, CDOT trains their employees on how to successfully do their jobs while reducing the potential to cause stormwater runoff. In June 2012, Chief Engineer Timothy Harris signed a memorandum identifying mandatory training as required by CDOT's Order on Consent (Consent Order) with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

A water quality training curriculum has been developed as a result of the memorandum to describe the training available for employees to expand their water quality skills and understanding in order to improve compliance with state and federal regulations, CDOT specifications, and the Consent Order.

Mandatory Training

The following training curriculum is intended to satisfy requirements described in Sections # 26 (Appendix A)  of the Water Quality Consent Order entered into with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on Jan. 1, 2009. CDOT entered into the Consent Order with CDPHE to resolve the civil penalties associated with the Notice of Violation/Cease and Desist Order (Nov. 17, 2005) (Number: SO-051117-1) issued for violations of provisions of the General permit; Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activity

  1. Training Workshop—BMP Selection for Stormwater Management
    Required attendees:
    • CDOT Project Managers and Project  Engineers
    • Hydraulic Engineers
    • Region and HQ Environmental/Water Quality/ Specialists
  2. Training Workshop—Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) Preparer Workshop Part I
    Required attendees:
    • CDOT Project Managers and Project  Engineers
    • Hydraulic Engineers
    • Region and HQ Environmental/Water Quality/ Specialists

Water Quality Certification Curriculum

The following training curriculum is intended to provide CDOT HQ, Region Project and maintenance personnel, CDOT Contractors, CDOT Consultants, and Local agency personnel that are involved with CDOT projects or projects on CDOT ROW with the skills and information needed to fulfill the following CDOT WQ goals:

    • Compliance with Clean Water Act and CDPHE Water Quality Regulations
    • Compliance with CDOT Specifications and WQ goals
    • Compliance with CDOT Consent Order commitments
    • Achieving goal on CDOT Chief Engineers Objective of 100% of RECAT findings resolved or addressed within 48 hours of the inspection
    • Compliance with the Colorado Discharge Permit System (CDPS) Permit; Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activity.

Requirements

1.  Training workshop – Transportation Stormwater Management and Erosion Control
    
Recommended attendees:

    • CDOT Project Managers and Project  Engineers
    • Hydraulic Engineers
    • Region and HQ Environmental/Water Quality/ Specialists
    • CDOT Consultants
    • Local Agency personnel or consultants for projects that are built on CDOT ROW

2.  Training workshop – BMP Selection for Stormwater Management 
    
Recommended attendees:

    • CDOT Project Managers,  maintenance, and  Project Engineers
    • Hydraulic Engineers
    • Region and HQ Environmental/Water Quality/ Specialists
    • CDOT Consultants
    • Local Agency personnel or consultants for projects that are built on CDOT ROW 

3.  Training workshop – Water Quality Permits for the Transportation Professional
     Recommended attendees:

    • CDOT Project Managers,  maintenance,  and  Project Engineers
    • Hydraulic Engineers
    • Region and HQ Environmental/Water Quality/ Specialists
    • CDOT Consultants
    • Local Agency personnel or consultants for projects that are built on CDOT ROW

4.  Training workshop – National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
    
Recommended attendees:

    • CDOT Project Managers,  maintenance,  and  Project Engineers
    • Hydraulic Engineers
    • Region and HQ Environmental/Water Quality/ Specialists
    • CDOT Consultants
    • Local Agency personnel or consultants for projects that are built on CDOT ROW

AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING ELECTIVES:

5.  Training workshops

Erosion Control Supervisor Certification

Completion of the following training curriculum and subsequent attainment of the CDOT ECS Certification is required of all CDOT Contractors prior to bidding and award of CDOT projects contracts. (Subsection 208.03). Contractors must successfully complete and obtain a passing grade in both of the following trainings to obtain the CDOT ECS Certification:

1.  Training workshop – Transportation Stormwater Management and Erosion Control 
     Required attendees:

    • CDOT Project Contractors

2.  Training workshop – Essentials of CDOT Erosion/Sediment Control and Stormwater Management Classroom and Practicum
     Required attendees:

    • CDOT Project Contractors

The new requirements for the CDOT Erosion Control Supervisor Certification will take effect January 2015. The training will be available starting January 2013, giving contractors two years to complete the certification. Refresher courses will be required to be taken every three years in order to bid on CDOT projects. CDOT water quality program will track certifications and send reminders to contractors when re-certification is due.

SWMP Preparer Certification

Completion of the following training curriculum and subsequent attainment of the CDOT SWMP Preparer Certification is required of all CDOT staff and consultants who will be preparing SWMPs for CDOT projects. The exception is that CDOT Hydraulic Engineers with 5 years CDOT SWMP design experience do not have to take both of these courses in order to prepare SWMPs for projects. They do, however, have to take the Part I SWMP Preparer class as outlined above in the mandatory training section in order to satisfy the Consent Order requirements.

1.  Training workshop – Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) Preparer Workshop Part I 
    
Required attendees:

    • Region and HQ Water Quality Personnel/Specialists with duties preparing SWMPs or reviewing SWMPs*
    • CDOT Consultants contracted to prepare SWMPs or review SWMPs for CDOT projects*
    • Local Agency personnel or consultants that prepare SWMPs or review SWMPs for projects that are built on CDOT ROW

2.  Training workshop – Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) Preparer Part II
     Required attendees:

    • Region and HQ Water Quality Personnel/Specialists with duties preparing SWMPs or reviewing SWMPs*
    • CDOT Consultants contracted to prepare SWMPs or review SWMPs for CDOT projects*
    • Local Agency personnel or consultants that prepare SWMPs or review SWMPs for projects that are built on CDOT ROW *

* The exception is that Professional Hydraulic Engineers with 5 years design experience with CDOT SWMPs only have to take the course at the CDOT Resident Engineer’s discretion in order to prepare SWMPs for projects that are built on CDOT ROW.

The Part II SWMP Course – SWMP Preparers course will be the requirement for CDOT personnel to be able to prepare SWMPs. Participants who only take Part I will not be certified to prepare SWMPs for CDOT.  Part II will not only fulfill the requirement of the Consent Order in the area of SWMP design, but will also address working in or adjacent to state waters, and modifying permanent flood control structures for use during construction.

Continuing Education

Once every three years refresher courses of the above listed courses must be taken by all applicable personnel listed in order to maintain:

    • Compliance with the Consent order – in the case of the Mandatory Training Curriculum
    • Certification - in the case of the CDOT Water Quality Certification Curriculum
    • Certification - in the case of the CDOT Erosion Control Supervisor Certification
Contact Us
  • Jean Cordova
    Water Quality Section Manager
    303-512-4053
    Email Jean.

     
  • Bob McDade
    Water Quality Specialist
    303-757-9127
    Email Bob.

  • Tripp Minges
    Water Quality Specialist
    303-757-9788
    Email Tripp.

  • Jeremiah Unger
    Water Quality Specialist
    303-757-9497
    Email Jeremiah.

Report an Illegal Discharge
  • Hotline: 303-512-4H2O

  • Illegal discharges (aka, illicit discharges) emit into CDOT's storm drain system pollutants (e.g., oil, grease, fertilizers, pesticides, grass clippings, leaves, or odd smelling/colored substances).

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