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Stormwater Management: Urban Erosion and Sediment Control

Urban Erosion Control
When storm water drains off a construction site, it transports sediment and other pollutants which can harm our lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. To protect our valuable water resources, The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) issues National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits to construction site owners and their operators to prevent storm water pollution during and after construction. The Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) works together with the MPCA as part of a partner program to inspect construction sites for compliance with the NPDES permit. The SWCD performs inspections at active construction sites, participates in on-site meetings with site contractors and owners, reviews Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP), and identifies potential threats or impacts to water resources.

The SWCD also works with local governments to provide technical assistance and review development plans. Additionally, we continue to provide training and educational opportunities regarding erosion and sediment control such as field seminars, guidance documents, and courses for erosion and sediment control installation and construction site managers.

Links:

Minnesota Erosion Control Association
Stormwater Program for Construction Activity (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency)
2005 Standard Specifications for Construction (Minnesota Department of Transporation)