Erosion & Sediment Pollution Control Program

Our Role

The Blair County Conservation District is delegated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to administer the Title 25, Chapter 102, Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control (E&S), and Chapter 92, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) programs.  As a level II delegated district, we have certain responsibilities to maintain. These responsibilities include education and public awareness, complaint assessment, technical assistance, and plan reviews and approvals. Regarding NPDES permitting, the District receives, processes, and reviews all NPDES permit applications and renewals within Blair County.

The Purpose

This program was created to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation entering our waterways during earth disturbance activities and to manage post construction stormwater runoff.  The means to minimize erosion and sedimentation is by creating and implementing and Erosion and Sediment (E&S) Control Plan for all earth disturbance activities.  Plan requirements differ as the amount of earth disturbance increases.

Sediment is a pollutant that threatens the health of our streams. With the proper practices in place, our community’s waterways can be protected, reclaimed and restored to their existing and designated uses.