Online SECP Self-Certification Training

The Online SECP Training Course is offline for the season as of March 1st, 2020 .

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.

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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.

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About the Website Manager

Nikki Slade is the website manager for this course. She is a graduate from University of CA, Davis, with a B.S. in Environmental Toxicology and an M.S. in Forensic Science. She has 4 years of experience in environmental consulting and water quality management. Please don't hesitate to contact her with any questions!

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"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.