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EROSION & SEDIMENT CONTROL PROGRAM (Chapter 102)
A state-wide program, with the goal of minimizing accelerated erosion and sediment pollution that may result from earthmoving activities. The program involves plan review, site inspection, complaint handling, and enforcement. The rules and regulations, known as PA CODE TITLE 25 CHAPTER 102 EROSION CONTROLS states "... any landowner ... engaged in earthmoving activities shall develop, implement and maintain erosion and sedimentation controls measures which effectively minimize accelerated erosion and sedimentation. These erosion and sedimentation measures must be set forth in a plan ... and must be available at the site at all times during construction."
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Click here for current guidelines of the Pennsylvania Code, Title 25. Environmental Protection, Chapter 102 Erosion and Sediment Control (effective November 19, 2010) .
REQUIREMENTS OF WHAT IS IN AN EROSION & SEDIMENT CONTROL PLAN (Chapter 102)
The rules in Chapter 102 clearly define what is to be included in a complete Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan:
The existing topographic features of the project site and the immediate surrounding area.
The types, depth, slope, locations, and limitations of the soils.
The characteristics of the earth disturbance activity, including the past, present, and proposed land uses and the proposed alteration to the project site.
The volume and rate of runoff from the project site and its upstream watershed area.
The location of all surface waters of this Commonwealth which may receive runoff within or from the project site and their classification under Chapter 93.
A narrative description of the location and type of perimeter and onsite BMPs used before, during, and after the earth disturbance activity.
A sequence of BMP installation and removal in relation to the scheduling of earth disturbance activities, prior to, during, and after earth disturbance activities that ensure the proper functioning of all BMPs.
Supporting calculations and measurements.
A maintenance program which provides for the operation and maintenance of BMPs and the inspection of BMPs on a weekly basis and after each stormwater event, including the repair or replacement of BMPs to ensure effective and efficient operation. The program must provide for completion of a written report documenting each inspection and all BMP repair, or replacement and maintenance activities.
Procedures which ensure that the proper measures for the recycling or disposal of materials associated with or from the project site will be undertaken in accordance with this title.
Identification of the naturally occurring geologic formations or soil conditions that may have the potential to cause pollution during earth disturbance activities and include BMPs to avoid or minimize potential pollution and its impacts from the formations.
Identification of potential thermal impacts to surface waters of this Commonwealth from the earth disturbance activity including BMPs to avoid, minimize or mitigate potential pollution from thermal impacts.
The E&S Plan shall be planned, designed and implemented to be consistent with the PCSM plan under § 102.8 (relating to PCSM requirements). Unless otherwise approved by the Department, the E&S plan must be separate from the PCSM plan and labeled "E&S" or “Erosion and Sediment Control Plan” and be the final plan for construction.
Identification of existing and proposed riparian forest buffers.
OTHER 102 PROGRAM RESOURCES:
For complete Chapter 102 Guidelines, click here (Pennsylvania Code, Title 25. Environmental Protection, Chapter 102 Erosion and Sediment Control).
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MOVING DIRT WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
The purpose of the E&S Program is that persons proposing or conducting earth disturbance activities develop, implement, and maintain Best Management Practices (BMP) that minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation and manage post constrution stormwater. The BMPs shall be undertaken to protect, maintain, reclaim, and restore water quality and the existing and desiganted uses of waters of the Commenwealth of Pennsylvania.
The E&S Program includes review of the E&S plans, inspection of earth disturbance sites, responding to complaints, issuance of Stream Encroachment Permits, ESCGP-1 permits, and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. E&S plans are reviewed according to DEP guidelines to determine if they satisfy the Clean Streams Law and the adequacy of proposed BMPs based on rules and regulations from the Pennsylvania Code, Title 25, Chapters 102 and 105.
A few program facts are included in the following brochure:
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Without the proper permitting in place, locat permits cannot be issued. For more information, please contact our Greene County Conservation District Office at 724-852-5278.
WATER ENCROACHMENT PERMITS (Chapter 105)
The Greene County Conservation District, under the delegation of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, is responsible for review of Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plans and inspecting sites for Chapter 105 compliance. Beyond that, GCCD is also delegated to issue NPDES permits for construction site stormwater discharges as well.
To offset the cost of administering the Erosion and Sediment Control Program, Chapter 102 gives the conservation district the right to charge fees for the review of E&S Plans.
GENERAL 105 PERMITS:
The following is a listing containing brief descriptions of the general 105 permits available through the Conservation District. Follow the link to the registration form for that General Permit.
GP-9 Agricultural Activities This permit authorizes agricultural activities (grassed waterways, terraces, diversions, waste storage facilities, spring development or minor drainage) that encroach into streams or their flood ways.