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Chapter 102 - Erosion & Sedimentation Pollution
Control Program

The primary purpose of the erosion and sedimentation (E&S) pollution control program is to minimize accelerated erosion and sediment pollution from earth disturbance activities. Any activity which removes vegetation and disturbs soil has the potential to cause erosion. Along with carrying away soil particles, eroded soils also alter stream habitats and carry nutrients and pesticides which become soluble in water, increasing the amount of nonpoint source pollution.

Under this program, all earth disturbance activities must develop, implement and maintain a plan to minimize accelerated erosion and sediment pollution. Additionally, earth disturbance activities in excess of one acre must obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for discharge of stormwater from construction activities. This program is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and fees obtained from users.

The responsibilities of the conservation district in implementing the erosion and sediment pollution control program include the following:

  • provide education to the public and regulated community
  • review erosion and sediment pollution control plans for compliance with regulations
  • assess and resolve erosion and sediment pollution control complaints
  • conduct site inspections of ongoing earth disturbance activities to insure compliance with the approved plan

Authority to administer the erosion and sediment pollution control program is delegated to the conservation district by the Pennsylvania DEP.


Best Management Practices, such as silt fence (right) and erosion control blankets (left), prevent erosion from occurring from earth disturbance during construction.
Erosion and Sedimentation Control
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