Our Instructors


 

J. Fred Heitman

TN EPSC Level I & II, Certified Stormwater Inspector (NSWC), Advanced Stormwater Inspector (NSWC), Certified Erosion Inspector (NSWC), Qualified Stormwater Inspector (FL), Certified Fisheries Professional (AFS)

SUMMARY of RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:

J. Fred Heitman is an experienced stormwater instructor. He has taught hundreds of courses and has thousands of students who claim that he is the best instructor that they have ever experienced. His knowledge of the stormwater issues is rooted in his extensive experience in performing inspections. He has conducted MS4, construction, and industrial inspections throughout the USA. Mr. Heitman uses this experience to bring real life situations to the regulations. Combined with the knowledge that he has gained working with students from all 50 states he is able to effectively communicate what inspectors need to know, how best to conduct an inspection, and what to look for to ensure compliance with permit requirements.

Mr. Heitman is an experienced environmental professional with a working knowledge of chemistry, biology, hydrology and other related sciences. He has a diverse background in dealing with stormwater issues on a federal, state and local level. He is familiar with implementing these regulations from both the aspect of the regulated and the regulator. These unique perspectives allow him to appreciate and understand the local situations and to develop implementable and innovative solutions to difficult situations.

Mr. Heitman has been working with the stormwater regulations since the early 1990s when they were first promulgated. The initial stormwater regulations allowed industrial clients the opportunity to file group applications for similar industries. Mr. Heitman prepared the Group Applications for all of the US manufacturing facilities for International Business Machines (IBM) and for INCO, the third largest nickel producer in the free world. These applications were accepted by US EPA and saved his clients many thousands of dollars over filing individual applications.

Mr. Heitman later developed the SWPPP for the largest residential and commercial construction site on the east coast. This site in the Washington DC suburbs covered several thousand acres and was phased over several years. His task was to coordinate the SWPPP requirements so that the county and state requirements were met in such a manner as to not hinder the construction time schedule. He successfully achieved this goal through the use of innovation inspection forms that met all regulatory requirements and still allowed the construction workers to complete their tasks.

Mr. Heitman has developed SWPPP’s for industrial and residential construction sites in several states including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Oregon, Washington, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and West Virginia.

Mr. Heitman has extensive experience in stormwater permitting issues throughout the US. Because of his experience he was asked by the National Stormwater Center to become a faculty member for stormwater permitting courses. He has taught the Certified Stormwater Inspector course and the Certified CONSTRUCTION Stormwater Inspector course throughout the US. Students in this class were typically non-professionals with very limited backgrounds in understanding regulatory requirements. Mr. Heitman presented his materials in a manner that the students not only understood the requirements but also they understand why the regulations require certain things.

Mr. Heitman also teaches a course in erosion and sediment control techniques.

In 2007 Mr. Heitman conducted 80 inspections at industrial sites in 21 states and wrote SWPPPs for all the facilities. All the inspections and SWPPPs had to be completed by the end of the calendar year. 

Mr. Heitman has conducted studies of stormwater quality from construction sites. In these studies samples of stormwater discharges from construction sites was collected as water was leaving the site and had passed through all onsite BMPs. Samples are taken to an approved lab for analysis within EPA holding times using chain of custody procedures. These discharges were into 303d listed water bodies. He statistically analyzed the data and prepared reports for the confidential client.

Mr. Heitman has served as an expert witness regarding storm water permitting issues. His expertise is in the areas of storm water regulations and permit requirements, sampling protocols, evaluating BMP effectiveness and related issues.

He is recognized expert in NPDES permitting issues, storm water permitting strategies, fishery biology, aquatic ecology, and whole effluent toxicity. He also has significant experience in the areas of hydrology and environmental chemistry. He has provided scientific and technical advice and guidance to a wide variety of government and industrial clients. His technical background has served as a foundation for increasingly responsible project and program management experience. The combination of his experiences allows Mr. Heitman to develop implementable solutions to complex environmental problems. 

Mr. Heitman has been dealing with NPDES issues for more than 30 years. His initial experience as Head of Water Quality Enforcement for the Oklahoma Water Resources Board provided a variety of situations dealing with stormwater. He was responsible to find implementable solutions to contaminated discharge problems throughout the state at a variety of industrial site. 

Mr. Heitman has numerous scientific publications and has made many technical presentations. 

Education:
  • 1979, MS, Biology, Tennessee Technological University
  • 1976, BS, Zoology, Oklahoma State University
Special Training:
  • American Stormwater Institute, Qualified Stormwater Inspector 2018
  • American Stormwater Institute, Qualified Construction 2018
  • National Stormwater Center, Stormwater Site Inspection 2004 – Present
  • National Stormwater Center, Advanced Stormwater Site Inspection 2008
  • TN Fundamentals of Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017
  • TN Design Principles for Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control 2006
  • FL Qualified Stormwater Management Inspector, Erosion & Sediment Control 2007
  • National Stormwater Center, Erosion Inspection, 2006, 2009, 2011
  • OSHA 40 hr Hazardous Waste Site Worker, 1988 to 2006
  • OSHA Hazardous Waste Site Supervisor Training, 1992
  • OSHA Hazardous Waste Site Worker Annual Refresher, 1993 to 2006
  • USEPA NPDES Inspector Training 1982
Faculty Positions:
  • Visiting Professor, School of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville; Reservoir Limnology, 1999 to 2007
  • Adjunct Professor, Environmental Sciences, Averett College, Danville, VA (Environmental Sampling, Limnology, Environmental Laws and Regulations, Environmental Project Management), 1994 to 2002
Registrations:
  • 2008 Advanced Stormwater Inspector
  • 2007 FL Qualified Stormwater Management Inspector (#16222)
  • 2006 TN Design Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control
  • 2005 TN Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control; Renewed 2014 (#117265)
  • 2004 Certified Stormwater Inspector; Renewed annually through 2008 (#3463)
  • 2009 Certified Erosion Inspector (E224)
  • 1994, 2003, 2009, 2014 Certified Fisheries Scientist, American Fisheries Society (#3049)
  • 1973, Open Water Diver, NASDS
  • Licensed Driver (currently Tennessee) 1969 to Present