Environmental Regulatory Overview

Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act

Two landmark pieces of Federal legislation have had major impacts on improving the quality of our drinking water and our lakes and streams in the United States. This short course will review key pieces of both the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA) laws from a real world perspective. The course will present a detailed overview of both regulations, to provide the student with a basic working knowledge of the history, drinking water standards, treatment techniques, the wastewater permitting process, storm water, CWA Sections 316a and b, CWA Section 404, storm water,effluent guidelines, spill prevention legislation and much more.

This course can be applied to the Water Technology Certificate.


Dick Osantowski, P.E.

Dick Osantowski, P.E.

Mr. Osantowski has more than 30 years of environmental engineering experience that includes a strong background in leadership, education, engineering, organizational development, problem-solving, team building and communication skills. His responsibilities have included the successful management of several multi-million dollar water ... read more

Adam Hess

Adam Hess

Adam Hess has more than seven years of experience in environmental engineering and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering. He has both managed and performed key technical roles on numerous projects in the area of wastewater treatment, permitting, and ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the key pieces of both the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA) laws
  • Understand treatment techniques, permitting processes and spill prevention legislation
  • Obtain a basic working knowledge of the history of drinking water and other regulatory standards

Dates and locations to be announced.