An Update on the Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission Erosion and Sediment Control Education and Certification Program
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In 2003 HB285 amended the Georgia Erosion and Sediment Control Act (GESA) to require all persons involved in land development design, review, permitting, construction, monitoring, or inspection, or any land disturbing activity to meet the education and training certification requirements listed by December 31, 2006. It was estimated that 20,000 persons would require certification to be in accordance with the new law. By revising the Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act, Georgia’s permitting process agreed with federal requirements under the Clean Water Act. GSWCC was charged with developing and administering the certification program in consultation with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD) and the Governor appointed Stakeholder Advisory Board. GSWCC, GAEPD and the Stakeholder Advisory Board established three certification courses, created course agendas, course curriculum and developed course certification requirements. To date, 26,000 total certifications have been issued. A continuing education/recertification program is now being developed.