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As part of the educational requirement under new stormwater regulations, the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District will conduct erosion and sediment control training Friday.

The designation of the greater Watertown area as an urbanized area by the U.S. Census Bureau puts the communities included in the area under the more strict storm-sewer regulations.

Eight of the nine communities in the area — the villages of Dexter, Brownville, Black River, West Carthage and Carthage and the towns of Watertown, Rutland and LeRay — have formed a consortium, the Jefferson County Cooperative Stormwater Group, to address the requirements jointly. The city of Watertown elected to proceed on its own.

Over the next three years, the affected municipalities must adopt local laws or regulations to govern construction and post-construction stormwater runoff.

Under the new guidelines, all developers, contractors and subcontractors must have trained personnel responsible for implementation of the stormwater permits that will be required and have a trained contractor on site to monitor the activity when soil is moved. In addition, developers must have a qualified inspector to conduct on-site evaluations.

The required four-hour course will cover the principles and practices of erosion and sediment control. Upon completion of the training, participants will receive a state Department of Environmental Conservation stormwater training number, which is good for three years.

The course, which costs $75 per person, includes a Blue-Book “Lite” — an abridged manual outlining the regulations for erosion and sediment control.

As the course also will be of interest to municipalities affected by the municipal separate storm sewer system, representatives from the Jefferson County Cooperative Stormwater Group may attend the course free of charge.

Prepayment is required for nonmunicipal participants. Deadline for registration is 4 p.m. Wednesday. Checks made payable to Jefferson County Soil & Water should be sent to the organization at P.O. Box 139, Watertown, N.Y. 13601. For more information, call 782-2749 or email jmambrose@ centralny.twcbc.com.

The course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center, 1291 Faichney Drive.

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