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Regulations

Erosion and Sediment Control Regulations

What is regulated?

Pennsylvania regulations require anyone doing earth moving activities to install and maintain Best Management Practices to reduce erosion and the chance for waters to become polluted with sediment.

What is an earth moving activity?

A construction or other human activity that disturbs the surface of the land. This includes land clearing and grubbing, grading, excavations, embankments, land development, agricultural plowing or tilling, operation of animal heavy use areas, timber harvesting activities, road maintenance activities, oil and gas activities, well drilling, mineral extraction and the moving, depositing, stockpiling, or storing of soil, rock or earth materials.

What are Best Management Practices?

Best Management Practices (BMPs) are controls that are installed to reduce erosion and the chance for waters to become polluted with sediment.

Why are earth moving activities regulated?

To keep our waterways clean!


Requirements
Minimum requirements:

Erosion and sediment control BMPs must be installed and maintained for all earth moving activities, even activities disturbing less than 5,000 square feet. BMPs must be installed before earth moving starts.

If the earth moving activity will disturb 5,000 square feet or more:

Erosion and sediment control BMPs must be installed and maintained AND a written Erosion & Sediment Control (E&S) Plan must be prepared. The written plan does not have to be reviewed and approved by the Conservation District, unless the township re-quires it. If approval is required by the township, the plan must be approved before earth moving starts.

If the earth moving activity is located in a High Quality (HQ) or Exceptional Value (EV) watershed:

Erosion and sediment control BMPs must be installed and maintained AND a written Erosion and Sediment Control (E&S) Plan must be prepared for all earth moving activities, even those disturbing less than 5,000 square feet.

If the earth moving activity will disturb 1 acre or more:

Erosion and sediment control BMPs must be in-stalled and maintained, a written Erosion and Sediment Control (E&S) Plan must be prepared AND the project will require a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit. The NPDES permit application package must be submitted to the Conservation District for review and approval before earth moving starts. Please contact the Conservation District if the earth moving activity will disturb 1 acre or more.

Resources

US EPA Manual–Operating And Maintaining Underground Storage Tank Systems: Practical Help And Checklists. Download PDF Manual >>

USA EPA Source Water Protection Practices Bulletin–Managing Above Ground Storage Tanks to Prevent Contamination of Drinking Water. Download PDF File >>

US EPA Source Water Areas and Underground Storage Tanks web site. Go to Site >>

US EPA Source Water Protection Practices Bulletin–Managing Vehicle Washing to Prevent Contamination of Drinking Water. Download PDF File >>

US EPA Stormwater Pollution Solutions – After the Storm, a customizable brochure

US EPA Annotated Bibliography of Source Water Protection Materials (June 2003)

US EPA Arsenic and Clarifications to Compliance and New Source Monitoring Rule: A Quick Reference Guide

AMD Workgroup Presentation (2009)

DEP Handbook for Local Governments, Developers and Businesses

Access and Allocation of Water in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Impact: Cleaner Water for Pennsylvania

Research

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