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Managing Stormwater Requires Professional Expertise

Stormwater Management Courses


(Syracuse, NY)

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation are sponsoring a seven course series on New York State's new stormwater management regulations for engineers, surveyors and others who must plan, develop and manage stormwater systems.

Donald W. Lake, Jr. P.E., CPESC, CPSWQ, will coordinate the program and instruct along with nine other stormwater management professionals. Lake served 27 years in the USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service and is the principal author of "New York Guidelines for Urban Erosion and Sediment Control" and the "New York Contractors Erosion and Sediment Control Field Notebook." He has received a number of awards and teaches at SUNY-ESF.

Stormwater management courses begin January 11, 2005 and continue through June 7, 2005 at both the SUNY-ESF campus in Syracuse and the Holiday Inn in Fishkill, NY. Specific course dates and detailed descriptions are available at www.esf.edu/outreach/stormwater.

"When the Phase II stormwater regulations became effective in 2003, there was an immediate need to become familiar with these new requirements to understand how they affect our clients' project," said Lawrence Paggi, a Fishkill engineer on why he attended a previous program.

All courses will provide professional development hours that count toward the NYS continuing education requirement for engineers and land surveyors; PDUs for Certified Professionals in Erosion and Sediment Control/Certified Professionals in Stormwater Quality; and continuing education units in preparation for the CPESC/CPSWQ qualification exam.

As regulations change and increase municipalities, especially, are looking for the best-qualified professionals to plan, develop and manage stormwater systems. The CPESC/CPSWQ designations are becoming important credentials for those in the field. Visit www.cpsec.net for further information.

"At SUNY-ESF we are challenged every day to find a way to improve our world," said Dr. Charles Spuches, Associate Dean for Outreach, who explained, "Through our outreach programs and activities, SUNY-ESF fulfills its commitment to serve environmental and natural resource professionals, students at all grade levels, educators and the community. We are pleased to include the stormwater management program in our outreach efforts."

SUNY-ESF was ranked among the nation's top universities in the 2004 edition of U.S. News and World Report's annual list of America's best colleges.

(Donald Lake is available for interviews 315-662-3744 dulac19@earthlink.net)

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