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Event Name: Oil Response Training - Slow/Backwater Practical - Regional Location
Hosted By: Environmental Response Training Program (ERTP)
Event Description:

This 5-day course is designed for Federal On-Scene Coordinators (FOSCs) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), State and Local responders who are involved in inland oil spill prevention and cleanup. The course is a hands-on course that demonstrates oil recovery methods in slow, backwater or marsh environments. Additional emphasis is placed on product recovery techniques in the subsurface to prevent discharges to waterways.

Class participants will be instructed on safe boat handling techniques; boom deployment methods; map reading and use of GPS; safe operations of ATVs; use of various types of diking, damming and filter fences; and oil recovery methods from waterways and subsurface situations.

This course is usually scheduled twice a year (subject to change) or may be requested by EPA FOSCs for presentation at appropriate locations within their regions. 

Instruction methods include lectures, tabletop exercises and hands-on field work that emphasize the practical and problem-solving skills related to oil spill control and clean-up in slow, backwater, and marsh conditions.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the operation of a work boat in backwater conditions.
  • Demonstrate proper rope knots to use in oil recovery operations.
  • Demonstrate how to determine an exact location on a map using longitude and latitude information developed using GPS.
  • Demonstrate how to find an exact location in the field using GPS.
  • Demonstrate how to safely operate an ATV.
  • Demonstrate proper anchor methods for boom on a lake or river.
  • Deploy boom in a backwater environment for the collection of oil.
  • Demonstrate proper methods of shoreline protection.
  • Establish an oil recovery site and operate common oil recovery equipment.
  • Construct underflow dams, filter fences and weir dams.
  • Construct interceptor trenches and install French drains and cut-off walls.

Course instructors may include current and former federal and state OSCs who currently serve as technical advisors in oil spill control and cleanup, and experienced oil spill responders from the private sector.

This course includes hands-on field activities that can be strenuous.  During certain phases of the course, class participants may enter the water. All participants will handle the course equipment throughout the week. Attendees will need to wear appropriate attire for fieldwork and on-water operations. This includes appropriate work gloves, eye protection, approved field boots (steel toe), and outerwear for foul weather.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own sunscreen, insect repellant, sharp clip knife, hat and Personal Flotation Device (PFD) since supplies will be limited.

Class sizes are limited to 30 students. Please contact ERT for additional information.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at

Continuing Education Units:  4.0

Participants must complete all modules for all days of the course to receive the course completion certificate. 


*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*

IMPORTANT NOTICES – Applicable to all ERTP courses :

  1. ERTP’s receipt of a Trainex course registration is a Registration Request, it is not a Guaranteed Enrollment in the Course. All ERTP training courses require applicant registration thru the Trainex system. Last minute course arrivals without prior ERTP Trainex course registration approval is not permitted. Before ERTP issues final approval to deliver any course and/or any EPA offices incurring expenses for the training event (including but not limited to EPA staff travel TA’s and/or ERTP training contractor expenses incurred), all EPA mandatory pre-approvals must all be met. The pre-approvals include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Training location’s availability;
    • COVID status and/or other COVID Guidelines in effect for the location, as well as staff;
    • Agency limitations, scrutiny, and approvals of ‘Conference Spending Requirements (known as the “5170”)’ for the specific training course(s) scheduled delivery timeframe;
    • Weather (blizzard, hurricane, etc);
    • Contractual number of available course training slots;
    • EPA training location staff having priority registration over all other registrations; and/or
    • Hosting site Training Coordinator approval.

    In the event a course is subsequently postponed or canceled, or notification of registration cancellation is received, all EPA travel arrangements (airline/car rental/hotel) should be canceled in a timely manner. Registered students will receive a notification via email if/when a course is postponed and/or cancelled.
  2. For in-person course deliveries, confirmed course registered participants must abide by all facility physical access requirements for the location (examples: check-in at the security gate, Federal ID, Government PIV/CAC cards, photo id’s, etc.). If applicable for the course or location, restrictions may apply to non-citizens and acceptable identification may be required for facility entry.

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Registration Status: Registration Closed
Event Begins: October 1, 2007 at 8:00 AM
Event Ends: October 5, 2007 at 5:00 PM
For questions about this event, please contact: Sandra Jones or Stella Miller
Phone: 513-251-7669
Fax: 513-251-4137
This event will be held at: U.S. EPA - Region 4
4900 Olympic Blvd.
Erlanger, KY 41018
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Location Contact Information: Dave Kappleman
Phone: 513-240-6840


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