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, VERUX, Inc., Brown and Caldwell Company, and SWPPQUEEN, Inc. are authorized to provide the 8-hour in-person WPC manager training.

Contact information for these authorized vendors are:

Lake Tahoe SWPPP Template October 2017 (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.

LakeTahoeSWPPP Template (NoAccess.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 does not need to have Microsoft Access installed on their computer to use this template.

*Contact Construction Webmaster for file. Construction.Webmaster@dot.ca.gov

SWPPP Template December 2019 (ACCDB)
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.
  • SWPPP-WPCP Preparation Manual October 2016 (PDF)
  • SWPPP and WPCP Templates Download Instructions
    • SWPPP - Save SWPPP.zip file to the user’s computer or network drive by choosing the “save as” option. Right-click on SWPPP.zip file and select “Extract all” from menu. Browse to desired location and click “Extract”. Go to unzipped file location. Double-click on SWPPP.accdb to open template. If security warning pops up, click “Enable Content”. Click the “OK” button to begin using the template.
    • WPCP- Save WPCP.zip file to the user’s computer or network drive by choosing the “save as” option. Right-click on WPCP.zip file and select “Extract all” from menu. Browse to desired location and click “Extract”. Go to unzipped file location. Double-click on WPCP.accdb to open template. If security warning pops up, click “Enable Content”. Click the “OK” button to begin using the template.
  • SWPPP and WPCP Templates Download Instructions
    • SWPPP - Save SWPPP.zip file to the user’s computer or network drive by choosing the “save as” option. Right-click on SWPPP.zip file and select “Extract all” from menu. Browse to desired location and click “Extract”. Go to unzipped file location. Double-click on SWPPP.accdb to open template. If security warning pops up, click “Enable Content”. Click the “OK” button to begin using the template.
    • WPCP- Save WPCP.zip file to the user’s computer or network drive by choosing the “save as” option. Right-click on WPCP.zip file and select “Extract all” from menu. Browse to desired location and click “Extract”. Go to unzipped file location. Double-click on WPCP.accdb to open template. If security warning pops up, click “Enable Content”. Click the “OK” button to begin using the template.
WPCP Template December 2019 (ACCDB)
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 (or later version) installed on their computer to use this template.