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Water Quality Regulation and Permitting

Review California water quality regulations, relevant provisions of California state law and regulations, and the federal Clean Water Act. During this interactive workshop, instructors will provide case studies, strategies and recommendations for effectively meeting agency requirements.

Topics include:

  • A regulatory overview of the federal Clean Water Act
  • The California Porter-Cologne Water Quality Act
  • Basin planning and waste discharge requirements
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits
  • The jurisdictions of key agencies such as the California Environmental Protection Agency and state and regional water boards.

This course will also cover recent updates and changes in California water quality regulations.


Megan Smith is an environmental counsel and senior water resources project manager with ICF International. She has specialized in preparation of large-scale environmental compliance documents that include environmental impact assessments, extensive interagency coordination and complex regulatory permitting elements. She supports ICF’s Environmental Education program, teaching coursework on a variety of environmental compliance topics. She also has six years of experience as an attorney for federal and county agencies, and seven years of experience with real estate development, design and construction.
Michael Vondergeest is a regulatory compliance specialist and project manager with ICF International, a consulting firm specializing in environmental planning and natural resource management. He specializes in permitting for projects that require compliance with CEQA, NEPA, Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act, Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, Sections 1600 - 1616 of the California Fish and Game Code, and federal and state endangered species regulations. Vondergeest helps to develop permitting strategies and implementation plans for sensitive water resource projects.


May 7: Wed., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St, Sacramento, CA




$300.00 ($330.00 if postmarked after 04/23/2014).

Special Discounts:

10% discount for organizations enrolling three or more people at the same time in the same course. All registrations must be submitted at the same time and fees paid with one check, credit card or purchase order.
10% discount for APACA Section and BIA members


.6 CEU, 6 Hours, 6 MCLE Hours, 6 AICP Hours, 6 REHS Hours