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1404 Goodale Boulevard, Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: (614) 486-9613
Fax: (614) 486-9614

Training Opportunities

Due to COVID-19, many in-person events have been cancelled or postponed.  For that reason, we are adding a section below (Other Online Training Opportunties) to share any virtual events we hear about that may be of interest to our partners.  If you know of other opportunities, please forward to Brooke at bfrusher@franklinswcd.org, so they can be added to this list.

We are able to offer these training opportunities thanks to sponsorships and the partner communities listed below. These communities help us provide outreach to the development community throughout the year and assist us in promoting responsible land use decisions for the conservation, protection and improvement of our soil and water resources. 

City of Canal Winchester | City of Columbus | Franklin County Board of Commissioners | City of Gahanna | City of Grove City | City of Hilliard | New Albany | The Village of Obetz | City of Reynoldsburg | City of Upper Arlington | City of Westerville | City of Worthington


Webcast Viewings through Franklin Soil & Water


Throughout the year we view webcasts from the Center for Watershed Protection (CWP) and would like to extend an invitation for you to come view them with us in our office, for free! 

**Update**  As our office is currently closed to the public, we will have a limited number of links we can share for viewing the April and May CWP webcasts remotely.  See the description of each event on our Eventbrite page for more information. 

Register now or find more Information on dates/topics for the 2020 webcast series through our Eventbrite page.  Want to be a sponsor or have other questions, contact Brooke at bfrusher@franklinswcd.org

Not in the Central Ohio area?  No problem!  Two additional free viewing locations are available or you can purchase the webcasts directly through www.cwp.org and view them remotely

Southwest Ohio Location
  • Butler County Storm Water District / Butler County Engineers Office
  • Register for this location by emailing Bob Lentz or calling (513) 785-4101
Northeast Ohio Location
  • Ohio EPA (Northeast Ohio Stormwater Training Council)
  • Register for this location on Eventbrite

Central Ohio Stormwater Roundtables


Join your peers at one of our Central Ohio Stormwater Roundtables.  These 2-hour events are generally held at our office, free to attend and include lunch and a certificate of attendance.  The forum is casual and encourages open discussion.  Topics vary, but generally relate to stormwater program management and NPDES permit requirements, or may feature local stormwater retrofit or green infrastructure projects. 

**Update**  As our office is currently closed to the public, we will be holding the June Roundtable as a virtual event (details being developed now).  See the description of each event on our Eventbrite page for more information.

Register now or find more Information on dates/topics for the 2020 roundtable series through our Eventbrite page.  Want to be a sponsor or have other questions, contact Brooke at bfrusher@franklinswcd.org

2020 Roundtable Resources

Good Housekeeping


Throughout the year, our urban conservation staff works to provide annual training opportunities for municipal/county staff and contractors that work within Franklin County. Annual good housekeeping and pollution prevention workshops are one of the easiest ways to meet annual training requirements and can be scheduled at any time of the year. Resources from past presentations can be found below. 

Presentations from Past Workshops (pdf versions)
Other Resources

We also have a couple training videos that we have purchased from Excal Visual Inc. that you can check-out from us (for free). These are perfect for providing a quick refresher to new and/or seasonal employees, that may not be on staff at the time of the annual workshop. Simply contact Brooke Frusher or David Reutter if you are interested in this option. Below is a quick description of each.

IDDE: A Grate Concern
Municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) operators are required to train employees and contractors on control measures for stormwater pollution prevention. One such control measure is illicit discharge detection and elimination (IDDE). This kit is designed to train government employees and contractors on IDDE. The 14¼ minute video focuses on the hazards of illicit discharges and shows employees how to spot them.


Storm Watch: Municipal Stormwater Pollution Prevention
Regulated municipalities are required to train their employees on stormwater pollution prevention and BMPs. This 20-minute training video helps regulated municipalities (Phase I and Phase II) train their employees as required under their Permit. The program focuses on BMPs that are important to many municipal operations such as good housekeeping, spill response, materials storage and handling, landscape maintenance and street maintenance. Employees working in fleet maintenance, garages, parks, recreation facilities, street maintenance and other departments can all benefit from this information.


  

Other Online Training Opportunities


August-October Events

IECA Virtual Connection: Erosion Control and Stormwater Innovation 2.0   |  August 5th, 12th, and 19th  |  FREE for Member/ $75 Non-member
Hosted by IECA Region One, join us for the August IECA Virtual Connection: Erosion Control and Stormwater Innovation 2.0 from the comfort of your home or office. This event offers 3 - one hour live webinars, with on-demand recordings if you miss a live presentation. This event is free to members and paid for nonmembers.
https://ehub.ieca.org/products/live-event-ieca-virtual-connection-erosion-control-and-stormwater-innovation-20

Tinker's Creek Watershed Partners (TCWP) Webinar Series
Last 2 Webinars take place August 5th and August 19th and are FREE thanks to generous sponsors!
You can register for multiple sessions at once through their website at https://tinkerscreek.org/events/tcwp-webinar-series-2020/

Virtual Ohio Stormwater Conference
  |  August 26-28  |  $150 ($195 after Agust 15, 2020)
This premier event will provide updates on environmental issues, new technologies, regulatory information and pollution prevention. The 2020 Ohio Stormwater Conference is a great opportunity to strengthen your skills and knowledge in a virtual setting with other colleagues.
https://ohstormwaterconference.com/ 

StormCon Direct | September 9-10 | $50 per person
StormCon will be a 2-day conference and exhibition held 100% online. This multi-faceted virtual event experience will feature leaders in the stormwater industry leading webinars, panel discussions and chat forums to exchange information and share ideas. The exhibit floor will feature interactive opportunities to meet one-on-one with vendors from around the country to network and explore new products and solutions.
https://www.stormcon.com/stormcon/375627

Ohio EPA Compliance Assistance Conference | September 21st | FREE
There’s no need to travel – sit back, relax and enjoy a front row seat while we bring the experts to you. Although our methods may have changed, Ohio EPA remains committed to assisting businesses, communities and environmental professionals with their environmental compliance needs. Our FREE 2020 Virtual Compliance Assistance Conference will provide daily interactive sessions focused on compliance with air, waste, and water regulations, strategically and conveniently spaced over three consecutive weeks.
https://epa.ohio.gov/compliance_conference

2020 NAISMA Virtual Conference for Invasive Species Managers  |  October 6-8  |  $150 Member/ $195 Non-member
This year’s virtual conference pricing is a great deal for anyone who does invasive species management, research, policy, or outreach and education who are looking for an affordable professional development opportunity. The conference agenda will include at least 18 sessions at 90 minutes each, 3 Keynote presentations, and several virtual networking opportunities.  2020 Virtual Conference pricing is more than 30% off our regular in-person conference. The registration fee this year includes access to all recorded conference presentations for up to 1 year after the event.  CEC/CEU credits will be applied for ISA, SAF, and some states’ Pesticide Applicator Credits.
https://naisma.org/conferences/

2020 Summit on Sustainability | October 15-16
The Summit on Sustainability is MORPC’s signature environmental conference, bringing together hundreds of community leaders to explore and share sustainable ideas and solutions, and to celebrate individuals and collaborative sustainability efforts with the Regional Sustainability Awards.

Organizations with Various On-line Training Opportunities


The North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) Webinars
  |  FREE through the month of April
To provide the invasive species management community with some extra resources, NAISMA is opening their webinar library to share professional development and educational content.  These webinars are usually available to members only, but we’re making them free to all for the month of April.
https://www.naisma.org/about/why-naisma/ 

NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinars | FREE
This webinar series, sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, features the projects and programs led by conservation districts and their collaborators, and often imparts strategies for securing funding and structuring urban conservation initiatives. Live or on-demand options available.

Ohio LTAP (Local Technical Assistance Program)
  |  FREE
Training opportunities include webinars and eLearning modules for township, city, village, county and ODOT employees, along with consultants and other members of Ohio's transportation community.
http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/LocalPrograms/LTAP/Pages/Training-Technical-Assistance.aspx

Envirocert International  |  Costs Vary
ECI offers Internationally recognized professional certifications which cover the regulations, design, and inspection for the construction, municipal, stormwater modeling, hydrology, and multi-sector/industrial fields.  Start your certification process now and take advantage of their on-demand review courses for CESSWI, CPESC, CPSWQ, and QSM.  https://envirocertintl.org/general-principles-reviews/ 
Exam Update: In an effort to provide applicants with an immediate option to take exams, ECI is in the process of developing a “computer proctoring approach” which will allow applicants to take exams at their home or office.  Launch date and specifics will be coming soon https://envirocertintl.org/

CISEC (Certified Inspector of Sediment & Erosion Control)  |  Costs Vary
CISEC, Inc. and IECA have teamed together to develop a CISEC Inspector On-Line Training Program that emulates the existing In-Person program. Now, the nationwide CISEC Training Modules for inspectors of sediment and erosion control and storm water management are available anytime and anywhere through IECA. 
https://cisecinc.org/training-exams/us-online-training-modules/

IECA  |  Costs Vary
The International Erosion Control Association offers many training opportunities for members and non-members.  Check out their educational tracks for industry-specific categories or the IECA eHub for live webinars, recorded webinars, online courses and the IECA resource library, filled with white papers, state regulations and case studies.

Forester University | Costs Vary
Live and On-Demand options for earning CEU and PDH credits in stormwater, erosion control, water efficiency, construction, energy and waste management.

StormwaterONE  |  Costs Vary
StormwaterONE provides students with computer-based stormwater management training and credentialing related to individual stormwater permits.  Check out their website for free webinars and state-specific training opportunities (paid). 
https://stormwaterone.com/