Erosion & Sediment

 Polluted water source as a result of unmanaged sediment control:

The Elk County Conservation District has Level II delegation from the PA Department of Environmental Protection to administer the erosion and sediment pollution control program. Level II duties include education, technical assistance, site inspection, plan review, and voluntary compliance. The Conservation District works with the PA Department of Environmental Protection on all enforcement matters. Please contact the Elk County Conservation District if you have erosion and sediment control questions or concerns.

Minimizing soil erosion and the resulting sediment pollution to Waters of the Commonwealth is the goal of this program. PA Code, Title 25, Chapter 102 and the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law require the implementation and maintenance of erosion and sediment control best management practices to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation. A written erosion and sediment pollution control plan is required under any one of the following conditions:

    Construction site compost filter sock:
  • The proposed earth disturbance activity will take place in an Exceptional Value (EV) or High Quality (HQ) Watershed or have the potential to discharge to these waters.

  • The proposed earth disturbance activity will result in a total disturbance of 5,000 square feet or more over the life of the project.

  • The person proposing the earth disturbance activity is required to develop a plan under the direction of other PA Department of Environmental Protection permits or approvals (i.e. Chapter 105 stream and wetland permits, etc.)

  • A written plan is required by Municipal or County ordinances, permits, zoning, watershed plan, or similar requirements.
 Rock entrance is another example of Erosion & Sediment
 Best Management Practices (BMPs):




It is noted in the state regulations that even those sites that disturb less than 5,000 square feet are still required to install, implement and maintain erosion and sediment control best management practices to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation.