Erosion & Sediment Control Plan

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An Erosion & Sediment Control Plan (ESCP) is required for every development project with few exceptions. The purpose for an ESCP is to ensure that construction activities on a site do not result in silt or soil traveling off-site.

 

The Erosion & Sediment Control Plan (ESCP) is required for every development project with few exceptions, such as a project that covers a very small area or will not disturb any of the ground on-site.  The ESCP is required to be provided in accordance with Section 355 of the Land Development Code.
 
The main purpose of the ESCP is to ensure that the construction activities on-site do not result in silt or soil traveling off-site. Silt fencing is customarily placed at the perimeter of the limits of construction area. Staff may need to advise the applicant to shift or adjust the silt fence to avoid damage to root systems of trees that are to remain or be preserved.
 
The other purpose is to keep water on-site, whether it comes from rainfall events or from dewatering a pond being excavated. A dewatering plan is often a part of the ESCP and shows how and where the dewatering will occur. Staff usually requires that they be on-site during the activation of dewatering activities to ensure that the methods proposed are effective.