Become a Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD) or a Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP)

The Construction Industry Coalition on Water Quality (CICWQ) is offering a two-day Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) and three-day Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD) training course based on California general construction permit requirements adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board on September 2, 2009.The courses meet the State Board's curricula requirements and cover other essential legal and technical considerations for managing construction site runoff. Those students attempting to obtain the QSD training credential must first attend the two-day QSP training course and then attend a third day.

The courses will be offered March 16-18 in Downey.

The BIA is part of the CICWQ coalition.

View registration and curriculum information.

Help Us Oppose AB 2776!

AB 2776 is a bill that would place onerous and costly restrictions on voluntary water transfers, undermining long-established water rights by impairing agricultural to municipal use water transfers of greater than 20 years.

Although current state law supports voluntary water transfers that protect existing water uses and the environment, AB 2776 would limit such transfers even if the buyer, seller, local water supply agency and California Department of Water Resources agree that the transfers would be beneficial to the state! With increasing regulatory restrictions on traditional water supplies, homebuilders are reliant upon voluntary water transfers to meet the state's population growth.

Please join our effort to defeat this bill by sending a letter to members of the California Senate's Appropriations Committee asking them to oppose this bill!

Send your letter now through CBIA's grassroots program

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DWR Increases Water Allocation

Great news on the water front! Late season storms have allowed the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase its final 2010 State Water Project allocation to 45% of requested amounts! The department is still encouraging Californians to conserve water to increase our reserves.

Read the DWR press release