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Clean Water Act

EPA Institute


An ideal program for those individuals who are looking to further develop their insight into the Clean Water Act, including discharges to surface water.

During the course of this online Clean Water Act training, students will look at its development from the Clean Harbor Act of 1899, and its pollution controls that were added in the 1948, 1956, and 1965. As well, this course looks at the point source discharges that were developed in 1972, and the theoretical limits that were placed on the contaminants that a body of water could handle.

Students in the online Clean Water Act training course will develop the foundation of knowledge that is needed for understanding the use and need of clean water, and will examine a number of topics related to the Act, including:

  • The key provisions of the Clean Water Act, including technology-based requirements
  • Effluent limitations
  • Water quality standards
  • Permitting
  • Enforcement
  • Control of polluted runoff
  • Resolution of interstate disputes

Throughout this online Clean Water Act course, students will work with experts to evaluate the success of the CWA, and its ability to protect and improve the quality of water.

Also, this online CWA training course will discuss other statutory and common law mechanisms for water pollution controls, and provides significant practice with interpretation of statutes and regulations. This course includes 0.2 CEU credits.


This Clean Water Act training course will:

  • Provide students with a basic understanding of the Federal Clean Water Pollution Act.
  • Offer insight into the implementation of clean water laws.
  • Provide general information regarding the Stormwater permit program, permit and activities.
  • Enable students with an understanding of the scope and regulatory framework of the NPDES program.

This course was not designed to prepare studetns for a career as an environmental attorney, but rather, you should leave the course with a working, general knowledge of key clean water laws and cases and more importantly, an appreciation for the way in which environmental laws develop, are implemented (or not implemented), enter the legal arena, and ultimately affect citizens, industries, state and local governments.


CEUs are awarded for participation in educational activities with professional associations, business and industry, occupational groups, and education. Workshops, seminars, training programs, conferences, institutes, and short courses may qualify. As a guideline, these activities must be developed for a specific clientele, with the purpose of professional updating, re-certification, re-licensing, and retraining/vocational adjustment, or new career orientation.

Participants earn one CEU for each 10 "contact" hours spent in an organized educational activity. According to requirements set by the National Task Force on Continuing Education, this activity must meet under the direction of an approved sponsor and qualified instructors.

Generally, a 60-minute clock hour is the standard of measurement for each contact hour. Any portion of an hour does not count toward CEUs. The total number of CEUs awarded depends on how much time a participant spends in a formal learning situation.

course quick facts
course code DED-EPA4
cost $79.99
estimated time to
complete course
3 Hours
course materials
365 Days

This online course is taught in conjunction with the EPA Institute - a leader in EPA training and environmental education. The EPA Institute's environmental education courses provide students with a flexible option for developing the skills and exploratory experience that is needed to reach their fullest potential as independent thinkers and professionals who are better equipped to address a variety of environmental issues.