Caltrans’ New Water Pollution Control Manager Certification Requirements

Date / Time:
Tuesday, Sep 15 3:05pm to 3:35pm
Room 1
Track / Session:
Track: Construction and Post Fire Response / Session 3

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will require Water Pollution Control (WPC) managers, alternate WPC managers, or assistant WPC managers who perform WPC tasks such as inspection, repair, and maintenance practices, collecting water quality samples, and recording water quality data to complete a new 8-hour stormwater management training as specified in Section 13-1.01D(3), “Training” and Section 13-1.01D(4)(b), “Qualifications,” of the 2018 Revised Standard Specifications. To become a WPC manager, alternate WPC manager, or assistant WPC manager for Caltrans construction projects, one of the stormwater management training requirements is to submit a certificate upon completion of an 8-hour WPC manager training.
This requirement will be implemented on all projects submitted to Office Engineer as of the April 17, 2020 specification posting. Projects advertised after April 17, 2020 will include this training requirement. Furthermore, this may show up as a Non-Standard Special Provision on projects advertised between now and April 17, 2020 if the Project Engineer obtains owner approval for its use and is included in the bid documents.
This training requirement is initially a one-time training.
The talk will focus on the new role the WPC managers will play and their responsibilities. The talk meets the CASQA conference theme of “Envision the Future” because it highlights a new requirement that will affect all Caltrans construction projects statewide going forward.

The presentation will highlight the new requirement, and give a brief overview of what is included in the 8-hour certification training, including:
• Who the Water Pollution Control Manager (WPCM) is, the qualifications needed to be a WPCM, and what the WPCM responsibilities are during construction
o Understanding of the Caltrans NPDES permit and other applicable permits,
o SWPPP/WPCP Preparation using Caltrans Templates
o BMP Inspections, Maintenance and Documentation
o Overview of Specifications and Standard Special Provisions (SSPs).
• Maintaining compliance – what Contractors’ responsibilities are for compliance with the SWPPP/WPCP during construction and requirements during the NoT process.
o Working with subcontractors.
o BMP requirements.
o Pre and post requirements for Rain Events.
o Maintaining the staging area and project ROW.
o Dewatering requirements.
• What happens during project suspension?
• Lessons learned from Caltrans construction projects
• Q&A
This presentation will engage the audience by walking though the Caltrans WPCM certification training requirements and (if time allows) attendees may be actively engaged by answering a digital survey on their Caltrans project experience.

Primary Speaker:
Hamid Hakim, Caltrans
Hamid Hakim has over 20 years of experience in environmental engineering, specializing in construction storm water mitigation compliance. His experience includes development of Caltrans statewide water pollution control policies and training material for staff responsible for implementation of construction site water pollution control and management.
Supporting Speaker 1:
Paul Landon, Keish Environmental, PC
Paul has over 5 years’ experience with construction inspection with an emphasis in environmental mitigation measures, LID, and water quality inspections. He has a background in Environmental Science and is a certified Qualified Stormwater Developer (QSD), Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP), Certified Erosion, Sediment, & Stormwater Inspector (CESSWI), Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control (CPESC), and completed the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) . Paul’s project experience includes express lanes projects on Route 237, Route 101, and Highway 85, as well as VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension project (SVBX).