Erosion and Sediment Control
Enforcement Knowledge Exchange
Enforcement inspectors rarely have the opportunity to visit with other inspectors in their state, much less nationally. Swimming in a sea of research papers and manuals or websites and ordinances can only provide the analytical knowledge needed to make the black and white decisions. But what about the tough calls in the grey zone, isn't that the majority of the calls that we make on a daily basis? What about solving the people problems of this profession? As a compliance inspector are you encouraged to inspect sites more frequently to monitor progress to a level that begins to seem more like contractor quality control instead of regulating, as a result do you fear that the quality of your site inspections will decrease? This takes a support group. Some of the most informative problem-solving conversations have been had during the lunch session, when by fate, another inspector happened to be sitting at the same table. But why leave it to fate? A round table discussion for inspectors and professionals in enforcement has the possibility to catapult programs in new directions that can’t be researched on the web.
This discussion space is perfect for seasoned inspectors to share their tips and tricks with newer inspectors. This time can be used to find out how other local governments get the support and commitment needed from other divisions. Realizing that not every jurisdiction enforces in the same way or for the same violations, it is helpful to dialogue with others on other options available to a regulatory inspector. In a profession where communication and relationships are the best BMPs, nothing is off the table for discussion. Discussion topics are limitless, but a few to start the conversation flowing are as follows:
• How can local government staff help a community of designers and contractors become more knowledgeable about BMPs?
• How do enforcement professionals develop trusted relationships with contractors?
• How are you balancing enforcement actions with accomplishing “high quantity” inspections?
• As a compliance inspector are you encouraged to inspect sites more frequently to monitor progress to a level that begins to seem more like contractor quality control instead of regulating, as a result do you fear that the quality of your site inspections will decrease and impact your ability to enforce?
• What apps or tools are you finding useful in the field for inspections or enforcement?
• Are you using positive incentives to minimize formal enforcement actions?
• What are some of the things that are working for your program that should be duplicated in other Cities?
• What are your greatest frustrations and are there suggestions from the group that can help?
• How well do you think your program will survive an EPA audit?