The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) formally updated erosion and sediment control regulations on January 27, 2012. The new regulations will enhance erosion and sediment control practices across the State, improve the water quality of construction site runoff, and help in Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.
An updated handbook containing these regulatory changes can be accessed here:
2011 Maryland Standards and Specifications for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control
The new regulations were also published in the Maryland Register on January 27, 2012, and are available through the Division of State Documents' website.An update to the handbook has been supported by government entities, the regulatory community, trade groups, and members of the public for several years. Most of the new design specifications reflect proven practices that are already in use. Also, for improved efficiency, the handbook includes a new section describing a plan approval process integrated with Maryland’s Stormwater Management Program. Details from the 2011 Standards and Specifications
Details are available online through the 2011 Details Website. If there are any additional questions, please contact the Sediment, Stormwater & Dam Safety Program at (410) 537-3543, 1-800-633-6101 or by email (Amanda.Malcolm@maryland.gov).
MDE has published the 2012 Model Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance. This guidance is provided to assist county and municipal code development in addressing the new erosion and sediment control regulations. While all local development review and approval processes are unique, MDE will use this document as a template to ensure effective implementation of erosion and sediment ordinances. A copy of the Model Ordinance can be accessed here:
2012 Maryland Model Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance
Questions about the Model Ordinance should be directed to the Sediment, Stormwater & Dam Safety Program at (410) 537-3543.
If there are any questions, please contact Pat Depkin at (410) 537-3543, 1-800-633-6101 or by email (Pat.Depkin@maryland.gov).
These regulations and the accompanying handbook are dedicated to Richard Trickett who was instrumental in this process and our go-to person for all things sediment control.
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