LEA is facilitating two workshops as part of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s contractor certification program. Certification is required for anyone working within the shoreland zone of lakes, rivers, and streams. Descriptions of the classes are below, and a PDF of the sign up sheet is available here: contractor certification course 17.
On April 25th from 8 AM to 4 PM, LEA will host Basic and Advanced Training in Erosion Control at the new Maine Lake Science Center at 51 Willett Road behind Hannaford in Bridgton. This course is necessary to become certified in erosion control practices by the state. In addition to covering the physical aspects and negative consequences of erosion, participants are provided with information on the proper selection, installation and maintenance of best management practices. The fee for the course is $65 and includes morning pastries, juice, coffee, snacks and lunch. After April 18th, registration will be $80.
On April 28th from 8 AM to 12 PM, LEA is offering a Continuing Education Workshop on Erosion Control, Residential Stormwater Management and Shorefront Regulations for contractors already certified through the DEP. This half-day course will cover the benefits and drawbacks of different erosion and stormwater controls for small lot development and the various regulations that apply when working around the water. The workshop will have classroom and field components and will extend existing certification by three years. It will be held at the LEA’s Maine Lake Science Center at 51 Willett Road behind Hannaford in Bridgton. The fee for the course is $40 and includes morning pastries, coffee and juice. After April 18th, registration will be $50.
This program is an excellent way of obtaining referrals and keeping on top of environmental laws and standards. Certified contractors can also forgo the 14-day waiting period for stream crossing projects under the State’s Permit-by-Rule regulations. Additionally, as of August, 2013, all commercial contractors moving more than a cubic yard of soil in the shoreland zone must be certified through this program.