Online SECP Self-Certification Training

Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) Grower Self-Certification Training 

Sediment Erosion Control Plans (SECPs)

Federal and state water quality regulations require that growers implement management practices to minimize impairments to surface and ground water quality. Sediment and excessive erosion does not only impair water quality. It may also cause crop damage and loss, decreased property values, and impacts on sustainability.

Sufficient sediment and erosion control can:

  • Reduce agricultural inputs (water, fertilizer, energy, erosion expenses)
  • Reduce loss of valuable topsoil (contributes to soil fertility and water holding capacity)
  • Improve farm aesthetics
  • Minimize offsite movement of pesticides and fertilizers
  • Improve neighbor relations
  • Limit regulatory concerns such as fines and other enforcement actions and public relation issues


This course covers the Waste Discharge Requirements General Order for Growers within the Sacramento River Watershed that are Members of the Third Party Group, Order R5-2014-0030-R1 (Adopted on 12 March 2014; revised on 5 June 2015; amended by orders R5-2015-0115, R5-2016-0015), and has been approved by RWQCB, Region 5.

Mike Blankinship
Mike Blankinship
Blankinship & Associates

About the instructor


Mike regularly advises clients on pesticides, risk analysis, water quality and erosion and sediment control. He is a Pest Control Advisor (PCA), licensed professional engineer (civil), SWRCB Stormwater Industrial General Permit (IGP) Trainer of Record (ToR), Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP), Construction General Permit Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) and Developer (QSD). Mike has an MS in Ag & Environmental Chemistry from UC Davis from the Departments of Environmental Toxicology and Environmental Engineering and a BA in Chemistry from St. Michael's College in Colchester Park, VT. Over 1,000 growers and ranchers throughout California have received training from Mike on topics including sediment and erosion control.

Contact him at mike@h2osci.com

Learn more at http://www.h2osci.com/


About the Producer

Kelly Phang organized and produced the content of this course. She graduated form UC Davis with a BS in Environmental Toxicology and has 2 years of experience in water quality and pesticide risk assessment. 

Contact her at kelly@h2osci.com

Learn more at http://www.h2osci.com/


Course Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: General Background
Section 3: Basics of Erosion
Section 4: Types of Erosion
Section 6: Irrigation Infrastructure Practices
Section 7: Irrigation Management Practices
Section 8: Other Practices
Section 9: Key Take-Aways
Section 10: Map and Inventory
Section 11: Evaluate Field Practices
Section 12: Ensure Practices are Sufficient
Section 13: Certify Your Document

What's included

15 Videos
13 Quizzes
3 Surveys
3 Texts
4 PDFs

"Mike did a fabulous job on the sediment erosion control workshop, and thank goodness he led the charge on that…it was evident he did his homework of what the regional board wanted and got right to the point." - Participant in the September 7 workshop for SAWQA.

Self-certify today to learn how to reduce erosion on your farm, and avoid costly fines from the Regional Board

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