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EPA New Guidance on Watershed Based NPDES Permitting



Are you an NPDES permittee or applicant? If so, are you versed in the new USEPA Watershed-Based NPDES technical guidance? You should be aware that the new guidance changes the face of NPDES permitting and expands the watershed trading program initiated in 2003, allowing, in some cases, the buying and selling of credits to meet your effluent limitations.

This valuable OnDemand Webinar will prepare you for the changes by explaining what factors the permitting authority considers in a multisource watershed-based permit, such as if you are eligible, how the permitting authority will determine your effluence limitations and monitoring requirements, when special conditions will likely be imposed, if and when you can use trading to buy or sell credits to meet effluent limitations, and under what conditions a revoked permit may be reopened.

This webinar will offer vital insight into the permitting authority's analytical process and will provide critical information for developers, engineers, environmental professionals and attorneys seeking approval under the new watershed-based NPDES permitting.

Upon completion of this courses, students will have developed an understanding of:

  • Green Building and Sustainability
  • Defining Risk in Construction
  • Liability
  • Risk Avoidance
  • Risk Management
  • Hidden Costs of Failure and Under Performance
  • How Buildings Fail
  • Process
  • Communication Breakdowns
  • Lack of Useful Documentation
  • Right-Minded Application of Technically Ill - Conceived Procedures and Unproven Materials in the Building
  • Physical
  • Structural Failures - Field Practices vs. Design Intent
  • Decay, Mold, Mildew and Leakage
  • Underperformance
  • Maintainability
  • Operational Deviation From Expected
  • Durability
  • Design Process
  • Where Things Can Go Wrong in Green Building
  • Sustainable Building Sites
  • New Development vs. Existing Buildings and Brownfields Sites
  • Site Water, Storm Water and Groundwater
  • Soils - Gas Content, Conditions, Soil Admixtures and Amendments
  • Solar Orientation
  • Water Efficiency
  • Landscape Design
  • Efficient Fixtures and Appliances
  • Rainwater Catchment
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Air Leakage Control and Moisture Retarders
  • Thermal Insulation
  • Windows and Doors
  • Mechanical - HVAC, Hot Water and Distribution
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Environmental Preferable Building Materials: Promise vs. Performance
  • Innovation in Design
  • Recognizing and Addressing Unique Contractual Implications
  • Identify Roles and Responsibilities of Owner, A/E, Contractors and Subcontractors - Creating and Vetting the Project Team
  • Document Submittal, Payment Application, Performance and Timing of Payments
  • Representations Regarding Familiarity
  • Force Majeure and Impossibility of Performance
  • What Resources Are Available
  • Unique Considerations Regarding Issuance of Change Orders
  • Consequential Damages and Liquidated Damages
  • Defenses to Claims of Nonperformance by Contractor
  • Default and Termination Principles
  • Special Insurance and Bonding Considerations
  • The Green Design Paradigm


Learning Objectives:

  • The attendee will be able to describe how the new watershed permitting analytical approach differs from the historical approach to permitting.
  • The attendee will be able to use the monitoring requirements under a multisource watershed-based permit.
  • The attendee will be able to identify reporting and recordkeeping requirements.


Student assessment will be done through questions based on the content delivered throughout the course.

course quick facts
course code 379214EAU
cost $219.00
estimated time to
complete course
1 Hours
course materials
365 Days

Charles F. Helsten is a partner in the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP and is a member of the firm's executive committee. He has a substantial environmental law practice.

Richard S. Porter is a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP where he represents municipalities and business enterprises in environmental law and litigation, and in general commercial and insurance defense litigation.