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CH2M HILL Part of Nationally Recognized Stormwater Program

CH2M HILL Part of Nationally Recognized Stormwater Program

DENVER, 11 October, 2005 — CH2M HILL, partnering with the Home Builders Association of Alabama (HBAA), has presented the Qualified Credentialed Inspector (QCI) seminar series, since its inception in 1999, throughout Alabama to help protect the state's environment during construction activities. The program, recognized by the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) as an innovation in stormwater management, is now being used as a model program in other states.

The primary purpose of the seminar series is to provide contractors, builders, developers and utilities with the inspection and documentation requirements of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Phase II Construction.

This QCI seminar series has received national recognition. In the fall of 2000, the National Association of Home Builders awarded the HBAA with the National Award of Excellence for the "Best Education Plan Implemented" for this seminar. ADEM has considered this a very successful partnership program promoting good environmental stewardship. A summary of the program was included in ADEM's non-point source report submitted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In June 2001, this seminar was also recognized as the "Innovation of the Week" by ECOS. In addition, in January 2004, the National Association of Home Builders jointly awarded the HBAA, CH2M HILL and ADEM with the "Best Government Affairs Program Award." Jason Reid, Regulatory Affairs Director for HBAA, said, "The QCI seminar series has been a tremendously successful program, started by our Association to educate our homebuilders. Because of its success, many other organizations have joined and we are now educating almost everyone in the construction industry."

More than 3,000 individuals and companies throughout Alabama have been certified through the QCI training. Partnering with the Alabama Road Builders Association and the Alabama Associated General Contractors has expanded the program to the transportation and heavy construction industries. In addition to builders and developers, HBAA has provided QCI training to a broad cross section of the construction industry including the Alabama Department of Transportation, Alabama Power Company, Alabama Gas Corporation, Tennessee Valley Authority and the Birmingham Water Works Board, among other organizations.

In addition to these seminars, Newton develops client-specific presentations on protecting water quality during construction activities in Alabama and other states.

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