In response to comments from the industry, some ancillary material has been condensed and placed in appendices to separate it from the basic erosion and sedient control requirements. In a few instances substantive issues have been addressed. A summary of changes provides more detail as to what we have done in the draft document to make it current, suitable as standards and specification, and for inclusion by reference in COMAR.
Please take some time and give serious consideration to how this revised document will impact you as a member of the regulated industry or as a regulator using it to review and approve erosion and sediment control plans or simply as an informed citizen concerned with how the environment is being protected. Both the revised draft document and the summary of changes are available in pdf format. The comment period will run through September 20, 2005. Please direct your comments to:
Environmental Program Manager
Water Management Administration
Maryland Department Of The Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1708
Comments may also be sent via email to: email@example.com
Upon completion of the comment period the draft will be revised as warranted and prepared for the formal inclusion process. Concurrent with this process, MDE-WMA will propose changes to the regulations that will authorize Maryland Licensed Foresters to certify that erosion and sediment control plans for forest harvest operations have been designed in accordance with approved ordinances, regulations, standards, and criteria.