Stormwater Pollution Prevention

  • 5 topics | 34m 59s
  • Up to 30 languages
  • Transcripts
This course describes the nature and occurrence of stormwater pollution, its environmental effects, and ways to address this important water quality problem. Rainwater that enters a surface water body, by flowing either overland or through a storm sewer system, is called stormwater or stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of pollution in rivers and lakes. Identifying sources of stormwater pollution and keeping them from coming in contact with runoff is the best and most economical way to protect the quality of the nation's waters. The content in this course is designed to comply with the intent of the applicable regulatory requirements. Learner objectives are to describe common stormwater pollutants, identify categories covered under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, and discuss methods of preventing stormwater pollution. The course was developed and reviewed with subject matter support provided by certified subject matter experts and industry professionals. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.


  • identify common stormwater pollutants
  • identify activities that have the potential to cause stormwater pollution
  • identify the conditions that can result from stormwater pollution
  • identify activities that require the 11 Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) categories to obtain permit coverage
  • identify the conditions under which it is possible to receive waivers from permitting for construction activity
  • identify the factors and activities included in individual efforts to prevent and control stormwater pollution
  • identify components of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
  • identify structural and non-structural best management practices


  • Common Pollutants
  • Stormwater Pollution Conditions
  • Categories
  • Prevention
  • Best Management Practices