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Qualified Professional Inspector (QPI) Program Description

Upcoming Qualified Professional Inspector Training

December 8, 2017

Registration Form

Please contact Tami Kruer, Executive Director, Clark County SWCD
812.256.2330, ext. 3462
tami.kruer@in.nacdnet.net

 

The goal of the Qualified Professional Inspector (QPI) program is to provide consistent training for construction site inspectors responsible for inspecting stormwater best management practices (BMPs) installed at active construction sites regulated under Rule 5 (327 IAC 15-5) and Rule 13 (327 IAC 15-13) in communities participating in the SWAC. A thorough understanding and implementation of these requirements will lead to fewer delays, avoiding or minimizing costly compliance issues.

Construction Site Runoff Control Ordinances adopted by SWAC communities include requirements for construction site self inspections to be performed by a Qualified Professional Inspector. The QPI program provides a system to qualify persons to inspect stormwater BMPs at construction sites, document and report inspection results as required by local ordinances, and will provide a mechanism for consistent and comprehensive inspections throughout this region. Further information can be found in the program brochure.

The QPI program consists of four major elements: training course; resource materials; exam; and, at the discretion of the MS4 community, registration or licensing of Qualified Professional Inspectors. These program elements are described on this website and in the Qualified Professional Inspector Manual.

What is the Qualified Professional Inspector (QPI) Program?

Participating MS4 communities maintain lists of applicants who have attended the training course, taken the exam, and their pass/fail status. At their discretion, MS4 communities may require those who pass the exam to obtain a registration or license prior to performing inspections in that community. At their discretion, participating MS4 communities may collect a fee for obtaining a Qualified Professional Inspector registration or license. Qualified Professional Inspector requirements are included in local ordinances, which may also specify the time frame that the registration or license is valid and the reasons that the registration or license may be revoked. As per local ordinances, Qualified Professional Inspector registration or license may be revoked by the community for reasons including, but not limited to the following:

  • Does not comply with federal, state and local laws, ordinances, or resolutions governing Qualified Professional Inspector activities;
  • Fails to perform the duties of a Qualified Professional Inspector;
  • Unable to properly perform an evaluation of a stormwater quality management system;
  • Found to be negligent in duties by a participating community;
  • Submit false or misleading information; or
  • Fails to maintain certification under any change in the law pertaining to Qualified Professional Inspectors.

A Qualified Professional Inspector may appeal the revoked registration or license and, if eligible, may re-enroll in the program based on that community's procedures.

 

Introduction

When our forefathers came to the United States they navigated many streams, lakes, and rivers as they explored and settled the continent. When they camped, they thought nothing of taking a bucketful of water from a nearby stream and drinking from it, cooking with it, or bathing in it. No thought was given to pollutants. Today our world is much different. Our natural water supplies are filled with pollutants. Water has to be treated and purified before we can drink it.

Though we may never be able to restore our water supplies to their natural state, there are steps that can be taken to prevent further pollution and degradation. One such step is to control "stormwater runoff." It has been cited as a major pollutant in Indiana's waterways, and the State of Indiana recently passed regulations to control it .

What is "stormwater runoff"?

Stormwater occurs naturally when it rains or snows. It's part of the hydrologic cycle - the distribution and movement of water between the earth's atmosphere, land, and water bodies. Stormwater runoff includes rainfall, snowmelt, and other forms of precipitation that falls to the earth's surface. When precipitation reaches the earth's surface, it can either infiltrate into the natural landscape or runoff. Which one it does depends a great deal on land use. Normally, runoff will be less from a forested landscape than that from an urbanized landscape.

What happens when stormwater "runs off"?

According to the Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA), "When it rains or snows, the water that runs off of city streets, parking lots, and construction sites can wash sediment, oil, grease, toxics, pathogens, and other pollutants into nearby storm drains. Once this pollution has entered the sewer system, it is discharged-(usually) untreated-into local streams and waterways. Knows as storm water runoff, this pollution is a leading threat to public health and the environment today."

In developed areas, where much of the land surface is covered by buildings and pavement, water cannot soak into the ground. As a result, the stormwater flows over these impervious surfaces and picks up many toxic chemicals from motor oil, lead from gas and auto exhaust, and zinc from roof drains and tires. These chemicals may kill or impair the health of aquatic life.

Stormwater may also contain sediment (soil particles) if it is washed off construction sites. When sediment enters a lake or stream, the water appears cloudy or turbid. Over time, it will fill in a stream or lake as it settles out of the water. Phosphorus is a nutrient often attached to soil particles that fuels the growth of algae and aquatic weeds, plants that are important as fish and wildlife habitat. Too much phosphorus, however, can cause rapid and excessive growth of the plants and can degrade water quality, and interfere with swimming, boating, and fishing.

Bacteria, viruses, and other disease causing microorganisms can abound in stormwater that carries pet waste and litter. They make waterways unsafe for swimming and other types of water recreation. People who depend on lakes or streams for drinking water may be endangered because some microorganisms are difficult to remove through water treatment.

Public Education

Urban and suburban residents of Clark County can play a big role in preventing stormwater pollution. Keep the following in mind the next time you do the chores around your home.

Landscaping

  • Select native plants that require less water, fertilizer and pesticide.
  • Plant pest-resistant species or species that attract beneficial insects.
  • Incorporate a wide variety of plants to disperse potential pest problems.
  • Mulch flower beds to reduce weeds and conserve water.
  • Hand pull weeds.
  • Compost lawn wastes instead of washing clippings or leaves down the storm drain.

Using Pesticides and Fertilizers

  • Always follow label directions for use and disposal. Remember, the label is the law.
  • Don't apply them when rain is likely since most will be washed away. For the same reason, avoid overwatering after application.
  • Sweep any product from sidewalks and driveways onto the yard where it can do its work instead of hosing it away.
  • Use natural fertilizers such as compost or bone meal.
  • Use slow-release nitrogen fertilizer.

Pet Waste

The next time you take Fido for a walk:

  • Carry a plastic bag and pooper-scooper.
  • Flush waste down the toilet or place it in the trash.

Automotive Maintenance

  • Keep your vehicle well maintained. Routinely check for leaks, and repair engine, coolant, transmission and brake systems immediately.
  • Soak up fluid spills with kitty litter, sawdust or wood chips. Be sure to sweep up and dispose in the trash.
  • Recycle used motor oil. Clark County now has a Motor Oil, Oil Filter, and Antifreeze (MOOFA) collection facility located at the Clark County Solid Waste Management District office, 9608 Highway 62, Charlestown, Indiana. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Use a car wash to clean your vehicle. They recycle dirty water!
  • Do not "top off" when fueling your vehicle.

Household Hazardous Waste

  • Use and dispose of hazardous household materials properly - follow label directions!
  • Read labels and choose the least hazardous products and then use them sparingly.
  • Switch to safe alternatives.
  • Take unused household chemicals to the County's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)collection facility located at the Solid Waste Management District office

Septic Systems

  • Have your septic tank inspected every 3-5 years.
  • Compost your kitchen garbage instead of using a garbage disposal.
  • Don't pour household chemicals down the drain. They can disrupt the septic system's treatment process and contaminate groundwater.

Businesses such as restaurants, automotive services, construction firms, landscaping companies, and agricultural producers can also take steps to reduce runoff pollution, by:

  • Promoting recycling.
  • Keeping dumpster doors closed and covered in order to keep them clean and avoid leaks.
  • Using yard and deicing chemicals sparingly.
  • Covering or seeding exposed soil so it doesn't erode.
  • Disposing of hazardous materials (paint, chemicals) at proper facilities (not the trash).
  • Storing and applying manure away from waterways.

Just as important as controlling stormwater pollution in your home or business is being able to recognize pollution occurring elsewhere. The links below will get you "in the know" about stormwater. Once you know all about it, you'll be able to recognizeand report pollution entering our stormwater such as:

Illicit discharges

According to the EPA, this is "a discharge to the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (see the Regulations page on this one) that is not composed entirely of stormwater, except for discharges allowed under a NPDES permit or waters used for firefighting operations." In other words, an unapproved discharge of a substance/by-product into the stormwater system.

Sources of illicit discharges are:

  • Sanitary wastewater
  • Effluent from septic tanks
  • Car wash wastewaters
  • Improper oil disposal
  • Radiator flushing disposal
  • Laundry wastewaters
  • Spills from roadway accidents
  • Improper disposal of auto and household toxic

Illicit connections

An illicit connection occurs when a pipe intended for a sanitary sewer ends up in a storm drain.

Construction site runoff

Sediment (soil particles) contained in runoff from construction sites can cloud the water and make it difficult or impossible for aquatic plants to receive the sunlight they need to grow. Sediment can also fill in waterways over time, destroying aquatic habitat and leading to expensive dredging. Silt fences (the black plastic "fences" you see around construction sites) commonly used to control sediment, can cause polluted runoff if not maintained or if improperly placed (or not placed at all!).

 

Other potential stormwater pollutants include:

  • Fertilizer
  • Pesticides
  • Leaves and grass clippings

Polluted stormwater runoff is also called "nonpoint source" (cannot be traced to a single source) pollution.

water running off your yard, sidewalk or street flows down to the curb and into the nearest storm drain. From there, it flows into the storm drain system, a vast network of underground pipes and tunnels that carry it to nearby streams and lakes. Contrary to popular belief, stormwater normally does NOT go to the sewage treatment plant.

 

Has the Notice of Intent expired on your site?
This is a notice to developers, contractors and land owners.
Due to the slow economy many projects are taking much longer to complete than originally anticipated. This has caused certain land disturbing permits to expire. If a project is still under development, but the Notice of Intent (NOI) has expired, the site could face Notice of Violations and/or fines.

The NOI expires after a period of five years and should be renewed through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Go to http://www.in.gov/idem/5157.htm#owq_stormwater and choose Rule 5: Notice of Intent (NOI) - 47487 [PDF] [DOC]. Once you have the document, mark the renewal box at the top (The amendment box is marked in the case of a parcel of land already permitted that has changed ownership or responsibility. Please contact our office for more details concerning this type of change). The remaining information should be filled in using the original NOI and its information.

A current NOI must be posted in a readily accessible location on site in order for a site to be compliant with regulations.
Should you have any questions please contact our office at 812-256-2330, ext. 107.