Course Description

This course explores whole life costing (also known as life cycle cost analysis) and teaches participants how to effectively evaluate the performance of stormwater controls. It addresses the importance of municipal, industrial and watershed agencies to screen and select site-specific and feasible stormwater controls that will achieve technical and regulatory requirements in a cost-effective manner. This course examines recent challenges and specific considerations pertinent to the selection and application of analytical tools. 


Course Outline

Lesson 1: Infiltrators

  • Description
  • Design Principles
  • Infiltration Basins
  • Infiltration Trenches and Vaults
  • Dry Wells
  • Permeable Pavement

Lesson 2: Gross Pollutant Traps and Mechanical Operations

  • Basic Design Principles
  • Screens
  • Nets
  • Baskets
  • Racks
  • Hoods

Lesson 3: Maintenance of Stormwater Controls

  • Introduction/Overview
  • General Maintenance Considerations
  • Detailed Guidelines for Stormwater Control Maintenance

Lesson 4: Whole Life Cost of Stormwater Controls

  • Whole Life Cost Model
  • Capital Costs
  • Capital Costs for Various Stormwater Controls
  • Maintenance Costs for Various Stormwater Controls
  • Whole Life Cost Summary
  • Whole Life Cost Comparison
  • Effect of Stormwater Systems on Whole Life Cost

Lesson 5: Performance Assessment

  • Introduction
  • Overview of Assessment Plan Development
  • Formulating Objectives and Assessment Criteria or Metrics
  • Assessment Methods
  • Data and Informational Needs
  • Performance Assessment Plan
  • Plan Implementation
  • Reporting Stormwater Control Performance
  • Statistical Analysis

Lesson 6: Analytical Tools for Simulation of Stormwater Controls

  • Introduction
  • Modeling Processes in Stormwater Controls
  • Conceptual Models for Stormwater Controls
  • Modeling Approaches
  • Selection of a Stormwater Control Model
  • Data Needs
  • Model Application
  • Case Studies

Lesson 7: Recent Developments in Analytical Tools

  • Climate Change
  • Sustainability
  • Integrated Urban Drainage Modeling

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of Stormwater I and II and Stormwater Management Hydraulics and Hydrology I and II courses, students are prepared to take the American Public Works Association (APWA) Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM) certification exam.

To demonstrate eligibility, candidates must submit an application documenting the completion of one of the following pathways:

  • High school graduation or equivalent and seven years of relevant work experience
  • Associate degree or equivalent trade school certificate and five years of relevant work experience
  • Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant work experience
  • Master’s degree and two years of relevant work experience
  • Doctoral degree and one year of relevant work experience

Relevant work experience is that performed within or for a public entity in one or more aspects of stormwater management as defined in the CSM target audience description and illustrated in the CSM Content Outline.

Please note that individual state requirements may vary. Students must check with their state’s governing body for state specific requirements.


Pre-requisite: Stormwater I

Participants will have 12 months to complete this self-paced online course.

This course can also be taken as a bundle Stormwater Management Career Prep.

All necessary materials are included.


Internet Connectivity Requirements:

  • Cable and DSL internet connections recommended.

Hardware Requirements:

  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.

Operating System Requirements:

  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.

Web Browser Requirements:

  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.

Software Requirements:

  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.

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  • Accept cookies
  • Disable pop-up blocker.
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