Storm Water and Water Pollution Control
Caltrans has a comprehensive program for preventing water pollution during construction activities on the state highway system. Caltrans has developed a number of resources to assist Caltrans staff and construction contractors achieve this goal.
Caltrans water pollution control manuals provide direction on how to prepare a Storm water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and Water Pollution Control Program (WPCP). Electronic templates of these documents have been prepared to assist construction contractors in their preparation of these documents. Caltrans has also developed and obtained the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) approval of numerous Best Management Practices (BMP) for preventing water pollution.
Copies of Caltrans training documents, other training resources, and a listing of training facilities are available to assist Caltrans staff and construction contractor's implementation of Caltrans water pollution prevention program.
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 record water quality data to complete the stormwater management trainings as specified in Section 13-1.01D(3), “Training” and Section 13-1.01D(4)(b), “Qualifications,” of the 2018 Revised Standard Specifications, see attached. 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 begin showing up 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.
Presently, the following are authorized to provide the 8-hour in-person WPC manager training.
Contact information for these authorized vendors are:
Apex Tutoring (No longer conducting classes). Training certificates previously issued by Apex Tutoring are still valid.
- Brown and Caldwell Company: WPCM Training for Caltrans Projects or by phone at (530) 747-0650
- Global Environmental: https://www.safetygeni.com/SWPPP-training.html, email@example.com or by phone at (714) 479-1199 ext. 6551 or (800) 230-6944
- Keish Environmental: https://keishenv.com/class/caltrans-wpcm-training/ or by email/phone at firstname.lastname@example.org (408) 359-7248
- M.S. Hatch Consulting, LLC: https://mshatch.com/training.html, email@example.com or by phone at
- S. Kwok Engineers, Inc.: https://skwokengineers.com or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at
- SWPPQUEEN, Inc.: email@example.com or by phone at (619) 592-6825
- VERUX, Inc.: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (916) 969-6265
There is a public database of all 8-hour WPC Manager-trained people that is operated and maintained by Verux, Inc. https://www.veruxinc.com. To access the database, please visit the following webpage and enter the first and last name to confirm completion of the 8-hour WPC Manager training course.
WPCP Template June 10, 2021 (ACCDB)
WPCP Template August 2020 (DLL)
Description: This template prepares a Water Pollution Control Program (WPCP) for the statewide use from data Contractors staff enter into the template. The user must have Microsoft Access 2007 installed on their computer to use this template.
All videos in this series are copyrighted and the property of Caltrans.
They were developed and intended for use by Caltrans staff; however, they are being made available to the public for reference in an abridged form (without quizzes and exams.)
Module 1: Introduction to Construction Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program
Module 2: Advanced Construction Site BMPs & Field Applications
Module 3: Water Pollution Control Contract Administration on Construction Sites
Module 4: Management of Construction Site Dewatering Operations
Module 5: Construction Site Stormwater Monitoring Program
Module 6: How to Review a SWPPP and/or WPCP
Module 7: Construction Stormwater Refresher
Lake Tahoe SWPPP Template March 2021 (ZIP)
Description: This template prepares a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) in compliance with the Lake Tahoe Hydrologic Unit NPDES Permit (CAG616002, Order No. R6T-2011-0019) from data Contractors and Caltrans staff enter into the template. The user must have Microsoft Access 2007 (or later version) installed on their computer to use this template.
All videos in this series are copyrighted and the property of Caltrans.
1: Silt Fence Install and Inspection
4: Check Dam Install and Inspection
5: Fiber Roll Install and Inspection
6: Gravel Bag Berm Install and Inspection
8: Sandbag Install and Inspection
9: Straw Bale Install and Inspection
10: Drain Protection Install and Inspection
11: Stabilized Entrance Install and Inspection
12: Stabilized Road Install and Inspection
13: Tire Wash Install and Inspection
14: Material Delivery and Storage
16: Spill Prevention and Control
Description: This template prepares a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for the statewide use, except for the Lake Tahoe Hydrologic Unit, from data Contractors staff enter into the template. The user must have Microsoft Access 2007 (or later version) installed on their computer to use this template.
WPCP Template June 2021 (FMP 12)
Description: This template prepares a Water Pollution Control Program (WPCP) for the statewide use from data Contractors staff enter into the template. The user must have FileMaker Pro 12 (or later version) installed on their computer to use this template.
HQ Division of Construction has developed simplified/pre-approved Water Pollution Control Program (WPCP) boilerplate templates for use by contractors to speed up preparation and submittal of these required documents as well as reducing Caltrans staff time needed to review them.
These simplified/pre-approved and partially filled WPCP boilerplate templates are developed for select construction projects, including: Chip seal, Slurry seal, Pavement overlay, Electrical, Weigh in Motions, CCTV (closed circuit television), and Striping projects. These boilerplate templates are in Microsoft WORD and are ADA compliant.
Each boilerplate template has a WPCP applicability section that explains the limitations of use of the boilerplate template. Carefully read that section and if the project does not meet the required conditions, use the standard Caltrans WPCP template.
CCTV Boilerplate WPCP June 2021 (DOCX)
Chip Seal Boilerplate WPCP June 2021 (DOCX)
Electrical Boilerplate WPCP June 2021 (DOCX)
Pavement Overlay Boilerplate WPCP June 2021 (DOCX)
Slurry Seal Boilerplate WPCP June 2021 (DOCX)
Striping Projects Boilerplate WPCP June 2021 (DOCX)
Weigh-in-Motion Boilerplate WPCP June 2021 (DOCX)