Entities that propose earth disturbance activity are required to develop and implement Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control (E&S) Plans. These plans minimize sediment pollution. Thresholds exist based on the area of earth disturbed. Those who propose to disturb 5,000 square feet up to 0.99 acre are required to design and implement E&S plans.
Disturbing one acre or more of land requires an NPDES permit for most construction activities. A NPDES permit application includes an E&S plan, as well as a stormwater management plan. The stormwater management plan evaluates the difference in stormwater flowing off the site before and after development.
ACCD reviews these plans to ensure that proposed earth disturbance activities meet Chapter 102 requirements, including the types of best management practices used, the order in which they are installed, and how the site will be stabilized upon completion of construction.