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.

"At this time there is no additional stormwater management training requirement for Water Pollution Control Managers as specified in the contract. The WPCMs training requirements are satisfied by being a state certified QSD for SWPPP projects and a certified QSP for WPCP projects."

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.

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SWPPP Template February 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 February 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.