This course discusses different important sections of the Clean Water Act. The major component of the Clean Water Act is the NPDES Permit Program. The Clean Water Act prohibits anybody from discharging pollutants through a point source into the water of the United States unless they have an NPDES permit. This course also provides basic information about the NPDES Permit Program, guidelines for permit writers, and the most updated EPA regulations regarding the NPDES Program. In addition, this course also covers water quality standards, TMDL Programs, and wetlands as described under CWA.
Upon completion of this lesson, you will be able to:
Define the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) key terms
Differentiate and explain the two basic types of NPDES permits
List major components of a permit
Discuss the process used to develop the limits and conditions, and issue the permit
Explain what a watershed permitting program is and its purpose
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