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New hires and Design Engineers wanting a refresher on Sections 1-3 of the PPDG should take this prerequisite course. Click on the below link to begin.

PPDG Online PPDG Sects 1-3

​PPDG Training Course (PPDG Sects 4-6):

This course was delivered at each district office between September and December 2017. There are two platforms for this course.  The Powerpoint and classroom exercises can be downloaded here (see below).  The Powerpoint with voiceovers is available on LMS: Course Code 102053, Description: Design-PPDG Online Sections 4-6.


This course introduces the 2017 Project Planning and Design Guide (PPDG) to Design Engineers, and provided students a chance to discuss any questions or issues from the prerequisite course. The focus of this training will be Sections 4-6 and Appendix E: Treatment Considerations, Permanent BMP Strategy, and Stormwater Data Report (SWDR) Development Process including Rapid Stability Assessment. This course will also provide the prevalent updates to the latest PPDG. The training also included a series of classroom exercises to reinforce student understanding of the SWDR forms and checklists at the planning stages. A classroom top 10 listing of design issues and concepts learned will be presented at the end of the Powerpoint slides to reinforce learning objectives.


An understanding of the key concepts contained within the PPDG, including the intended purpose of the PPDG, treatment objectives, the project evaluation process, treatment areas, crediting (e.g., Alternative Compliance and TMDL watershed Compliance Units), determining water quality volume and water quality flows, prioritizing treatment BMPs, documenting treatment, introducing the SWDR (e.g., Cover Page, Sections and Attachments), and estimating for Water Quality BMP costs. Class room learning will reinforce what was learned during the lecture and includes: calculating post construction treatment area (PCTA), filling out the SWDR forms (including the SWDR Summary Spreadsheets, Table E-1 and E-2), calculating WQV using Rv, completing the T-1 checklist, and estimating planning level costs for construction and treatment BMPs.


Engineers and Storm Water Coordinators that perform design functions. Note: Occasionally one or two local Regional Water Quality Control Board members may request to attend. They should be included. 

Powerpoints and Classroom Excercises:

Section 4

Section 5

Section 6

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