The Storm Water Online training program is geared toward providing an interactive, internet-based health and safety learning resource for the individual. The focus of the training is on the municipality-level and is specifically based in the Navy community within which the individual works and lives.
Storm water pollution prevention is very important for two reasons:
(1) the Navy is legally required to comply with federal and state environmental regulations that mandate storm water pollution prevention, and
(2) the Navy strives to be a good neighbor in San Diego and to help protect the natural resources we all share.
What is Storm Water?
Federal regulations define storm water as surface runoff from rain or snow melt. Storm water is an important issue at industrial and commercial sites, as well as in your own neighborhood. Storm water flows across the ground, pavement, or other exposed surfaces where it can pick up various pollutants such as oil, grease, toxic metals, spilled materials, and debris.
Unlike the sanitary sewer system where water flows to a waste water treatment plant, storm water runoff flows into storm drain systems that discharge into our nation's creeks, rivers, lakes, estuaries, bays and oceans. When pollutants are picked up by storm water runoff or dumped directly into storm drains they can harm our surface waters affecting industrial, agricultural, and recreational activities, drinking water sources, and aquatic plants and animals.
Industrial facilities, residential communities, and commercial businesses must all do their part in controlling discharges of pollutants into storm water runoff. Awareness of this issue and recognition of its adverse impacts on the environment and quality of life is the first step towards solving the problem.
Prevention is the Key to Storm Water Pollution
Preventing pollution is better than cleaning it up - for the business and the environment. Environmental clean up costs continue to increase every year. Many of these costs are paid for by the business community. It is easier and less costly to prevent pollution than to try to clean it up. This is true for employees as well as for business owners - both are liable for the cost to clean up the pollution they cause.
After completing the Storm Water Online Training Program, it is important that you not only apply what you have learned both at work and at home but also share this beneficial information with others.
The best storm water management programs are only as good as the people, like you, who implement them.
The Storm Water Online Training Program consists of 8 modules each tailored to a specific Navy community:
- Food Establishments
- Navy Family Housing
- Navy Marinas
- Utility, Fueling, Maintenance Operations
- Afloat Communities
The modules are comprised of three components: information, examination, and further study. Each examination consists of 20 multiple choice or true/false questions.
There are no time limits for the modules, although each must be completed in one sitting. Each module requires a 90% correct score on the self examination to pass. Immediately after completing each self examination, you will be informed of your score and of your pass/fail status.
If you achieve a passing score on any self examination, you may view and print a certificate online. If you fail any module you will be given the opportunity to re-take the self examination as many times as you wish to achieve a passing status.
If you have any questions regarding the exam, do not hesitate to send an email to the training program administrator.