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These workshops focus on large-scale (>200 gals) rainwater harvesting systems and covers design, installation and maintenance needs. The workshop can be designed for your audience and needs, and can range in length from a 2-hour lecture only, to a 4-hour hands-on demonstration.

  • 2-hour lecture only      
  • 4-hour lecture only workshop    
  • 4-hour with hands-on first flush diverter construction
rain barrel

These workshops focus on small-scale rainwater harvesting specifically using rain barrels to capture < 200 gals of rainwater. They include information on design, installation and maintenance needs, as well as information on using first flush diverters. They can range in length from 2-hour lecture only to 4-hour with rain barrel and first flush diverter. 

  • 2-hour lecture only workshop     
  • 4-hour lecture only workshop    
  • 4-hour with hands-on with rain barrel    
  • 4-hour with hands-on with rain barrel and first flush diverter
rain garden

These workshops provide attendees information on the benefits of a rain garden, and design and installation at their residence or business, including information on how this reduces their stormwater footprint. These workshops can be done either lecture only, or hands-on demonstrations where participants build a small rain garden. As with all workshops offered, attendees will leave with a water guide with specific instructions on how to build and install a rain garden at their home.

  • 2-hour lecture only workshop     
  • 4-hour lecture only workshop    
  • 4-hour with hands-on includes building and planting
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These workshops provides attendees information on the benefits of bioretention cells, which differ from rain gardens in size and scope. Bioretention cells do provide the same water quality and quantity benefits as a rain garden, but on a larger scale. The workshop will include information on design and installation, including information on how this reduces their stormwater footprint. As will all workshops offered attendees will leave with a water guide with general instructions on how to build and install a bioretention cell at their chosen location.

  • 2-hour lecture only workshop    
  • 4-hour lecture only workshop    
  • 6-hour lecture with hands-on design portion
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These workshops focus on design and installation of various types of pervious pavement including pavers and concrete. This can be either lecture only with on-site demonstrations, or can be hands-on where participants learn to mix and pour pervious concrete.

  • 2-hour lecture only workshop    
  • 4-hour lecture only workshop    
  • 4-hour lecture with hands-on pervious concrete block build
     
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This workshop focuses on the basics of stormwater, what it is, where it comes from and the issues it causes. Participants will gain an understanding of watersheds, where the stormwater ends up and how to better protect our streams and rivers. 

  • 2-hour lecture only workshop    
  • 4-hour lecture only workshop  
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Learn what plants work best in Oklahoma rain gardens, what their watering needs are and what maintenance they might require. Participants will get a list of plants or a copy of the Rain Garden Plant book, once it is published.

  • 2-hour lecture only workshop    
  • Can be combined with a rain garden workshop including planting
ground water diagram

This workshop will help attendees better understand the geology and hydrology of groundwater. It includes a demonstration of how groundwater is recharged, how a well effects the water levels in an aquifer and how pollution can move through a system.

  • 2-hour lecture  
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This workshop is designed to help nursery operators and other interested parties n alternative effective, low-cost designs to address runoff concerns, such as excess fertilizer and pesticides.

  • 2-hour lecture      
  • 4-hour field day    
water law

Attendees will learn how groundwater and surface water are managed in Oklahoma. They will also gain an understanding of how the permitting process works and who to contact for water quantity or water quality issues.

  • 2-hour lecture  
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As water needs change, the way we think about wastewater may need to change as well. This workshop will help attendees understand what water can be reused, the treatment requirements for various uses and the how Oklahoma is currently reusing water.

  • 2-hour lecture     
  • 4-hour workshop
Illinois River


This workshop can be geared to a variety of audiences such as teachers, environmental managers, engineers, attorneys and other water resource managers. The workshop will be a two-day workshop with day one focused on watershed functions and impacts of development. Day two will consist of a float trip down the Illinois River to further discuss how upstream development impacts rivers, geomorphology and land use changes along the river and their impacts.

  • 2-day workshop including lunch and float trip

Trainings and Certification Programs

The Oklahoma Water Survey offers specialized certification trainings in water quality sampling, erosion and sediment control, and low impact development inspection. We can also customize a training to fit your needs. To schedule a special training for your staff or to discuss a custom training program contact Jeri Fleming at (405) 325-2531 or jeri.fleming@ou.edu.

This program is under development.

The purpose of the Erosion and Sediment Control Certification Program is to educate contractors and stormwater managers on the proper installation, maintenance and inspection of erosion and sediment control measures at construction sites. Preventing sediment-laden runoff not only protects our rivers, creeks and streams, but is also a trademark of a quality construction project.

Topics Covered:

  • Regulatory Overview and Reporting Requirements 
  • Storm Water Runoff Best Management Practices 
  • Erosion Prevention Best Management Practices 
  • Sediment Control Best Management Practices 
  • Techniques and Practices for Field Inspection 

Certification Information

This certification is awarded by the Oklahoma Water Survey at the University of Oklahoma.

To receive the certification, attendees must attend the workshop and then receive a score of at least 70% on an examination. Participants have up to 1 hour to complete the exam, which includes multiple choice, true or false, and fill-in-theblank questions. All exams are graded by Oklahoma Water Survey staff.

Communities in Oklahoma may either require or recommend this certification of people who install or inspect erosion and sediment control measures.

Professional Development Hours

Professional development hours are available with this certification.

Special pricing can be arranged for your group.

This program is under development.

This certification class is designed for communities that are implementing low impact development in their stormwater permitting requirements. Inspectors will learn how to properly inspect installed LID practices to ensure they are functioning as designed.

Topics Covered:

  • wet and dry ponds 
  • stormwater wetlands 
  • bioretention and infiltration practices 
  • manufactured devices 
  • underground detention 
  • swales and buffers 
  • parking lot BMPs and permeable materials 
  • rainwater harvesting 
  • green roofs 

Certification Information

This certification is awarded by the Oklahoma Water Survey at the University of Oklahoma.

To receive the certification, attendees must attend the workshop and then receive a score of at least 70% on an examination. Participants have up to 1 hour to complete the exam, which includes multiple choice, true or false, and fill-in-theblank questions. All exams are graded by Oklahoma Water Survey staff.

Communities in Oklahoma may either require or recommend this certification of people who design and/or supervise construction of stormwater control measures.

Professional Development Hours
Professional development hours are available with this certification.

Special pricing can be arranged for your group.

This training provides hands-on water quality sampling methods from a USGS- trained scientist. The one-day training includes classroom and field-based instruction designed to explain the theory and methodology of surface water monitoring procedures with a hands-on component in local streams.

Topics Covered:

  • Visual Site Inspection 
  • Samples and Controls 
  • Sampling Procedures 
  • Preserving and Storing Samples 
  • Cleaning and Calibrating Equipment

Participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Professional Development Hours
Up to six hours of professional development hours may be available, you will need to check with your licensing entity. Special pricing can be arranged for your group.

Special pricing can be arranged for your group.