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Erosion and Sediment Education

Mission: To educate the regulated community and the general public about erosion and sediment control in accordance with the Sediment Pollution Control Act of 1973.

Brochures

Single Family Home Construction Site

Three Reasons to Control Erosion on your Construction Site

Soil Erosion Facts

Educational Materials for Students and Teachers

Educational packets and activities for students and teachers are available as free downloads on the Packets and Activities for Students and Teachers page. To order printed copies, use the order form on the DEMLR Publications page.

We are available to come to your classroom or non-formal education center to teach about erosion, sedimentation, and water pollution. Just email us to inquire! 

Educational Materials for Professionals

Educational packets, videos, and modules for professionals are available as free downloads on the Packets and Modules for Professionals page. To order printed copies, use the order form on the DEMLR Publications page.

Workshops

Local Program Workshop

The Local Program Workshop is an annual event presented by NC DEQ – Land Quality Section to educate and train local erosion and sediment control programs’ staff. The workshop also provides an opportunity for Local Programs to connect, learn from each other, and share challenges, strategies and successes of managing erosion and sediment throughout the state. For information on past and upcoming workshops refer to the Local Government Programs page.

Design Workshop

This workshop is meant to educate and familiarize design professionals, contractors, and developers with new erosion and sediment control requirements and practices, and also fulfills professional development hours. Currently, this workshop is presented by NC DEQ – Land Quality Section in partnership with the Southeast Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (SE-IECA) and NCSU Department of Crop & Soil Science.

December 3, 2019 Workshop

Raleigh, NC

Registration and agenda information will be posted to the workshop's event page as it becomes available. 

Past Design Workshops

2019 Hickory - NC Erosion and Sediment Control Design Workshop Agenda and Presentations

2018 Innovative Erosion and Sediment Control Design Workshop Agenda and Presentations

2017 Innovative Erosion and Sediment Control Design Workshop Agenda

2015 Erosion and Sediment Control Planning and Design Workshop Presentations

Additional Training Opportunities

The NCDOT Erosion and Sediment Control/Stormwater Certificate (E&SC/SW) program educates, trains, and certifies individuals who manage stormwater on NCDOT construction projects. The E&SC/SW program Level I, II and III certificates are good for three years before recertification is needed. These programs are valuable training for all individuals involved in E&SC, but are only required for those workers involved in E&SC on NCDOT projects.

NCSU Crop and Soil Science - Erosion, Sediment and, Turbidity Control - Training, Workshops, and Field Days
Level I and II Certifications are administered and managed by the NCSU Crop and Soil and Sciences Department. The Department also offers E&SC Field Days and Workshops, which are good resources to keep abreast on current E&SC regulations, practices and research.

NCSU BAE – Level III Certification Workshop
Level III Certification is managed by the NCSU Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) Department.

EnviroCert International, Inc. Certification Program-CPESC
The Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) program administered by EnviroCert International, Inc. is also an NCDOT-recognized certification program and reciprocity applies to the Level I and II Certification. Recertification is required on a yearly basis.

EnviroCert International, Inc. Certification Program-CESSWI
The Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Stormwater Inspector (CESSWI) administered by EnviroCert is also an NCDOT-recognized certification program and reciprocity applies to the Level I Certification. Recertification is required on a yearly basis.

WRRI: Water Resources Research Institute of the UNC System 
WRRI provides various training opportunities, conferences, water-related learning activities, student training and support in the form of research grants.

Additional Educational Resources 

US EPA - Polluted Runoff: Nonpoint Source Pollution

USDA NRCS - Soil Education

IECA Student and Teacher K-12 Resources

Soil Science Society of America – Teacher Resources

NC Environmental Education Department - Resources

NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation - Education Programs

NC Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts

NC Clean Water Education Partnership (CWEP)

NCSU State Extension – Grow for It Program & Soil Curriculums