Madison County has 24 certified stormwater inspectors, by far the most in Illinois.
The Certified Erosion, Sediment and Stormwater Inspector program, or CESSWI, teaches best practices for stormwater management and erosion control on land development sites and road projects.
The Madison County Planning and Development Department has sponsored stormwater training for municipal and township employees throughout Madison County for the last four years. With 24 of the 48 registered CESSWIs in the entire state, Madison County has by far the most in any Illinois county.
The steps to CESSWI certification involve a training regimen that covers proper erosion, sediment and stormwater control measures and is followed by a four-hour written exam. Those seeking this certification must have at least three years of experience in the field of erosion and sediment control. Registrants must continue to earn professional development units to maintain their certification.
Municipal, township and county employees are invited to pursue the training and certification every year. The training focuses on reducing the amount of erosion and sediment generated from a site and proper stormwater channelization.
Minimizing erosion and sediment run-off is a critical component of stormwater management. One of the main causes of localized flash flooding is silt that has clogged creeks, lakes, and ditches. By keeping silt out of the drainage system, stormwater can be removed from areas without causing flooding and property damage.
The Planning and Development Department coordinates the Madison County Stormwater Program. The program is a cooperative effort among villages, cities and townships to address federal and state requirements. CESSWI and other training opportunities are offered to participants in the stormwater program.