The goal of this program is to minimize soil erosion and the resulting sediment pollution to Waters of the Commonwealth. PA Code, Title 25, Chapter 102, and the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law require the implementation and maintenance of erosion and sediment control best management practices (BMPs) to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation.
Do I need a plan?
So, how do you know if you need to have a plan written for you? A written erosion and sediment pollution control plan is required under the four following conditions:
- The proposed earth disturbance activity will take place in an Exceptional Value (EV) or High Quality (HQ) Watershed or have the potential to discharge to these waters.
- The proposed earth disturbance activity will result in a total disturbance of 5,000 square feet or more* over the life of the project.
- The person proposing the earth disturbance activity is required to develop a plan under the direction of other PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permits or approvals (i.e. Chapter 105 stream and wetland permits)
- Municipal or County ordinances, permits, zoning, watershed plan, or similar requirements have mandated a written plan;
*Earth disturbance of less than 5,000 square feet are still required to install, implement, and maintain best management practices (BMPs)
What is “earth disturbance”?
Earth disturbance can include agricultural plowing, tilling activities, animal heavy use areas, timber harvesting activities, road maintenance activities, and general construction activities.
So, what exactly are best management practices (BMPs)? Please take a look below to see some examples.
How do you go about writing a plan?
An E&S plan is site-specific and will include a plan narrative and plan drawings. Thus, it needs to be written by a qualified individual. Our technician can refer you to a list of qualified personnel in the area. Once the plan is written, it must be submitted for review to the conservation district for a fee. For the review document and fees, please click the appropriate red link to the right. Construction may only begin after the plan is approved and a permit is granted. If you would like more technical information on the 102 program, please visit DEP’s 102 site.
Why do we need to enact E & S pollution control?
This program is beneficial because it helps protect our waterways throughout the county. Sediment is one of the largest threats to the health of our waterways. When proper site development practices are used, we protect community water ways and the services they offer. Healthy waterways enhances a community’s quality of life and make our communities a desirable place to live and work.
The Huntingdon County Conservation District (HCCD) has Level II delegation from the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to administer the erosion and sediment pollution control program. Level II duties include education, technical assistance, site inspection, plan review, and voluntary compliance. HCCD works with DEP on all enforcement matters. If you have erosion and sediment control questions or concerns, please contact the E&S Technician.