Erosion and sediment control practices training Nov. 21 in D-F

    DOVER-FOXCROFT — Are you certified to work near water bodies? As of July 1, 2013, work within 250 feet of any water body (the shoreland zone) requires a certified contractor on site.
    The Basic and Advanced Training in Erosion and Sediment Control Practices course will be held Friday, Nov. 21 from 8 a.m.—4:30 p.m. at the Penquis Higher Education Center.

    This course is necessary in order to become certified in erosion control practices by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and is designed for contractors, municipal code enforcement officers, consultants, engineers and public works employees. By attending this session, you qualify to become DEP certified in erosion and sediment control practices after the completion of a site evaluation.
    In addition to sections on “Why Erosion Control is Important” and “Erosion and How it Happens,” participants are provided with information on the proper selection, installation and maintenance of practices such as sediment barriers, mulch, vegetative stabilization, riprap, etc.
    Participants will also learn about new state-of-the-art erosion control techniques and ways to save time and money on your construction projects, as well as become eligible for discounts, expedited DEP permitting and other free educational resources.
    If you are in need of this training, the Maine DEP’s Nonpoint Source Training and Resource Center and the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) urge you to take the courses. Refreshments, lunch, and a manual will be provided. Code Enforcement Officers will earn 7 Shoreland Zoning Credits.
    For more information about the benefits of contractor certification, visit or call the PCSWCD at 564-2321, ext. 3.
    To register for this course, visit the Penquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative’s (PVAEC)  registration portal at or call 564-6525.
    The course is $85 before Nov. 7 and $95 after that. The registration deadline is Nov. 14.

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