Erosion and Sediment Control Program, Greene County Conservation District, Greene County Government, Pennsylvania

Erosion and Sediment Control Program, Greene County Conservation District
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.

Conservation District Office

Ben Franklin Building

Suite 204
22 West High Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370
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Erosion and Sediment Control Permitting
Lisa Snider, Conservation District Manager

Contact Person: Lindsay Kozlowski, Environmental Program Specialist

Ben Franklin Building, Suite 204
22 West High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5278 / Fax: 724-852-5341
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday—Friday

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."

About our Erosion and Sediment Control Program:

The Erosion and Sediment (E&S) program was delegated to the District by the Department of Environmental Protection. The program includes the review of Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control Plans, inspections of earth disturbance sites, response to complaints, and issuance of Stream Encroachment permits, ESCGP-1 permits, and NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permits.

NPDES permits are required if the area of disturbance is one acre or greater throughout the life of the project. If the site drains to a High Quality or Exceptional Value Watershed, an Individual Permit is required. High Quality or Exceptional Value Watersheds require a 150-foot set-back from streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, or reservoirs with riparian buffer requirements.

NPDES permitting also requires a Post Construction Stormwater Management Plan (PCSM). The PCSM should provide Best Management Practices that will manage any net increase in stormwater runoff volume after completion of the project. It should also be designed to eliminate or minimize point source discharges and to ultimately protect all aspects of the receiving surface water(s).

E&S plans are reviewed according to DEP guidelines to determine if they satisfy the Clean Streams Law and the adequacy of proposed Best Management Practices based on rules and regulations from the PA Code Chapters 102 and 105. The Greene County Conservation District reviews all permitting associated with inter- and/or intra-state transmission of oil and gas. The total of disturbed acreage for all projects was approximately 821 acres.

E&S Fees Schedule & Control Plan Requirements (Chapter 102):
    • Click HERE for E&S Fee Schedule and Policy

    • Click HERE for the Project Review Application (fillable form)

Chapter 102 Requirements:

The rules in Chapter 102 clearly define what is to be included in a complete Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan:
  1. The existing topographic features of the project site and the immediate surrounding area.
  2. The types, depth, slope, locations, and limitations of the soils.
  3. The characteristics of the earth disturbance activity, including the past, present, and proposed land uses and the proposed alteration to the project site.
  4. The volume and rate of runoff from the project site and its upstream watershed area.
  5. 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.
  6. A narrative description of the location and type of perimeter and onsite BMPs used before, during, and after the earth disturbance activity.
  7. 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.
  8. Supporting calculations and measurements.
  9. Plan drawings.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Identification of existing and proposed riparian forest buffers.
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.

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 construction storm water. The BMPs shall be undertaken to protect, maintain, reclaim, and restore water quality and the existing and desiganted uses of waters of the Commonwealth 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.

Without the proper permitting in place, local permits cannot be issued. For more information, please contact our Greene County Conservation District Office at 724-852-5278.

Water Encroachment (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.

Another responsibility of the GCCD Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program is the issuance of Stream and Wetland crossing permits as described in Pennsylvania Code, Title 25, Chapter 105.

Streams and Wetlands:

Wetlands, as the name implies, are lands that are wet for significant periods of time. They may be wet due to surface water, ground water, or usually a combination of both. They include. the periodically flooded lands occurring between uplands and open water bodies such as lakes, rivers, streams, and estuaries. Many wetlands, however, may be isolated from such water bodies. These wetlands are located in depressional or sloping areas with seasonally high water tables that are surrounded by upland. Wetlands are commonly referred to by a host of terms based on their location and characteristics, such as salt marsh, tidal marsh, mudflat, wet meadow, cedar swamp, and hardwood swamp. These areas are important natural resources with numerous values, including fish and wildlife habitat, flood protection, erosion control, and water quality maintenance.

When do you need a permit?   Click here for a basic diagram of a stream and wetlands... and "When do you need a permit?"

NOTE: The information provided on this basic poster is only intended to provide a landowner with general information that outlines possible permitting requirements. By no means shold this document/flyer be used to make a final determination on permitting requirements. Please contact the Greene County Conservation District for further guidance and assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions:
  1. I'm Planning on Moving Dirt... What do I need to know?
    Click here for our "Moving Dirt Permit Brochure, and click here for a basic layout of streams & wetlands & when a permit is needed?

General Permits:

Other Program Resources and Documents:

Greene County Conservation District

Ben Franklin Building (Suite 204), 22 West High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 — 724-852-5278 / Fax: 724-852-5341

County of Greene, Pennsylvania

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