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Wisconsin Sedimentation & Erosion Control Inspector (WISECI)TM Best Management Practices


Learn techniques to establish stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) for your construction site, and eliminate problems before they cause higher costs and slowdowns for your project. Save time and money by avoiding erosion and sediment releases. Learn about proper installation and maintenance of typical BMPs as well as proper documentation to help keep your project in compliance with local and state regulations.


It is estimated that the average unstabilized construction site releases 35-45 tons of sediment each year into waterways, lakes and streams. Uncontrolled releases adversely impact water quality. It can immediately degrade fish habitat and interfere with our use of recreational waters. Heavy turbidity gets noticed!

Sediment release due to construction site activity is a concern on many public and private projects. Regulatory agencies look for and enforce against releases, even if it is unintended. If "dirty water" is leaving your construction site or highway project - you could be at risk.

Companies can save valuable time and money by taking steps to avoid enforcement. Enforcement can lead to work stoppages, notices of violation and costly slowdown to ongoing projects.

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Who Should Attend

Inspectors, contractors, foremen, project managers, consultants, stormwater managers and owners of construction site projects and related activities (grading, culvert replacements, utility trenching, etc.)

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Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Develop expertise in site inspection and reporting
  • Assess erosion and sedimentation releases
  • Earn the designation WISECI when you pass the exam at the end of this course

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Course Outline/Topics


Check-in and Registration
7:30 - 8:00am        

Welcome and Course Overview - Ginny Plumeau
8:00 - 8:30am

Applicable WDNR Regulations & Permitting - Bryan Hartsook, PE
8:30 - 10:00am      

  • Regulations
  • Permit Requirements
  • Plans & Technical Standards
  • Plan Implementation
  • Site Inspection / Permit Issues

EPA SWPPP Requirements - Ginny Plumeau

  • SPS 321 & 360: Construction Standards, Soil Erosion Inspection


Erosion Control Best Management Practices (BMPs) - Peter Shevidy, PE
10:45am - 12:00pm    

  • Basic Soil Characteristics
  • Soils & Erosion Potential
  • Pre-Construction Erosion Control Planning
  • Selected BMP Types - Overview


Best Management Practices (BMPs) – continued - Kellen Black, WISECI
1:00 - 2:45pm         

  • Selected BMPs types and Design Guidelines


Polyacrylamides (Polymers), Dewatering, Sediment - Scott Bordeau, CPESC
3:00 - 4:30pm         

  • Dewatering issues and Soil Types
  • Geotextile types
  • Appropriate use of polymers



Inspection & Documentation – Minal Hahm, PE
8:00 – 9:30am       

  • Inspection Forms
  • Use of Photos
  • Compliance Issues
  • Notification of Release
  • Notice of Violation – What next?


Practical Exercise 1: Site Inspection & Reporting Practice (computer lab)
Practicum Exercise 2:  Review of Plans, BMPs, Figures (team discussion)
9:45am - 12:00pm      


12:30 - 3:30pm       

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This program can be applied toward the:

Dates and locations to be announced.
Fee: $395
CEUs: 1.4, PDHs: 14
Email us with your interest, contact:
Marcia Gabriel,, 414-227-3378
Murali Vedula,, 414-227-3121


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Rosheen Styczinski
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Thank you to:

Mary Anne Lowndes
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Karen Sands, MMSD

Jeffrey Nettesheim, Village of Menomonee Falls

Julie McMullin, Brown and Caldwell

for reviewing this course description. Their feedback ensures the relevance of our content.