Erosion Control Plans

Erosion control plans, also referred to as Erosion, Sedimentation, and Pollution Control Plans (ESPC) are required for most significant land disturbance activities. Besides local Soil Erosion Ordinances, they are also required for compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) which has been adopted nationally as required by the EPA. Requirements for having an approved plan can include disturbance of greater than 1 acre, disturbance within 200' of a stream, and sometimes the zoning or land use classification of the property. It can not be understated that it is very important to understand the requirements of state and local permit agencies before you break ground. Project delays, "rush" plans, fines, and penalties can add up quickly.

Unlike only a few years ago, erosion control plans are very complex documents that usually comprise several sheets of plans. They address the three stages of land disturbance: initial clearing, intermediate, and final stabilization. Very detailed technical requirements apply to each stage and the structures that must be installed to address these needs, including a calculated amount of storage for sediment based on the amount of acreage being disturbed. A sediment and erosion control plan is also a necessary component of a valid pond permit package.

In most instances, a good working erosion control plan consists of more than just sediment control measures, it requires good land planning and civil engineering skills. If you foresee the need of a sediment and erosion control plan, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can best assist you.