Erosion and sedimentation are natural geologic processes whereby soil materials are detached and transported from one location and deposited in another, primarily due to rainfall and runoff. This accelerated process can result in significant impacts such as safety hazards, expensive, maintenance problems, unsightly conditions, instability of slopes, and disruption of ecosystems and fines.
The purpose of erosion and sediment control is to provide an effective plan to control soil erosion and prevent sediment from leaving the construction site. All erosion and sediment control plans must identify an individual holding a valid Responsible Land Disturber (RLD) Certificate from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
Resource employees are certified as Responsible Land Disturbers and can help you with your Erosion and Sediment Control inspections.
Maintenance and Inspections
(VA Code §9VA C25-840-60)
- All erosion and sediment control structures and systems shall be maintained, inspected and repaired as needed to insure continued performance of their intended function. A statement describing the maintenance responsibilities of the permittee shall be included in the approved erosion and sediment control plan.
- Periodic inspections are required on all projects by the VESCP authority. The VESCP authority shall either:
- Provide for an inspection during or immediately following initial installation of erosion and sediment controls, at least once in every two-week period, within 48 hours following any runoff producing storm event, and at the completion of the project prior to the release of any performance bonds; or
- Establish an alternative inspection program which ensures compliance with the approved erosion and sediment control plan. Any alternative inspection program shall be:
- Approved by the board prior to implementation;
- Established in writing;
- Based on a system of priorities that, at a minimum, address the amount of disturbed project area, site conditions and stage of construction; and
- Documented by inspection records.