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In 1999 the Illicit Connection/Discharge Elimination Training Program was created and implemented by the Wayne County Department of Environment, Watershed Management Division (WCDOE-WMD). The program was developed to provide training for local and regional governments responsible for locating and eliminating illicit discharges to surface waters. The key goals of the training program are sharing our expertise with other local units of government involved in stormwater management and collaborating efforts in reducing improper discharges to surface water.

The Wayne County Training Program is consistent with the Illicit Discharge Elimination Plan (IDEP) requirements of the Michigan Voluntary Storm Water Permit (MIG6100000) and the EPA Phase II Stormwater Permit Regulations. The training program consists of five (5) modules and two (2) specialty training sessions. The modules are: Overview, Basic Investigations, Advanced Investigations, Construction Related Illicit Discharges, Combined Basic/Advanced Investigations, and two (2) specialty training sessions. The specialty training sessions are titled “Recognizing and Reporting Illicit Discharges” and “Illicit Discharge Investigation Exercise”. Seven Hundred and Thirty Two (732) persons representing various local units of government attended the training sessions through May 1, 2002. As a result of these training efforts, eighty-two (82) illicit discharges were eliminated, preventing an estimated 3.5 million gallons/year of polluted water from entering Michigan surface waters.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2002

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