Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Diaz-Ramirez, Nelvedir Jairo

Committee Member

Martin, James

Committee Member

Schauwecker, Timothy

Committee Member

McAnally, William

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Polluted runoff has been widely recognized by environmental scientists and regulators as the single largest threat to water quality in the United States. Contractor training and certification are among the four main Best Management Practices that the Environmental Protection Agency recommends to assist contractors in complying with Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems requirements that regulate construction sites stormwater runoff. The focus of the study is the review of training requirements for construction activities and stormwater permitting requirements in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The review of the various training and certification requirements for the study states indicates the appropriateness and timeliness for the development and implementation of a model standard stormwater, erosion and sediment control training and certification program for contractors of construction sites of one acre or larger in Desoto County Mississippi to minimize stormwater pollution from construction sites.