Erosion & Sediment Control
When do you need a reviewed and approved Erosion & Sediment Control (E&SC) Plan?
- Any land disturbing activity that is:
- Greater than 10,000 square feet in Albemarle County
- Greater than 6,000 square feet in the City of Charlottesville
- Site shape does not matter, as long as the total disturbance exceeds the totals listed above
- Under UVa's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit, Erosion & Sediment Controls should also be employed for smaller land disturbing projects, but a formal review is not required.
All Areas equal to 10,000 square feet
Who should I contact about submitting an E&SC Plan?
Kristin Carter, the E&SC Program Administrator, coordinates the E&SC plan approval process for all UVa projects. While UVa administers its own E&SC program, the plan review services are contracted out. Plans are currently sent to the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District for review.
How long does the E&SC plan approval process take?
It depends. One round of plan review can take up to 30 days. If a plan requires any revisions, the 30-day review clock is reset. It is recommended that E&SC plans be submitted to Kristin Carter at least 90 days before the break ground date. Kristin will then coordinate the review process with the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District. An approved E&SC plan is required before a project can break ground.
I have an approved E&SC plan, what should I expect during construction?
The contractor on site is responsible for following the plan throughout the construction process. E&SC controls require periodic maintenance, and the contractor should be conducting inspections to make sure controls are functional as part of the E&SC plan implementation and, on larger sites, also as part of VSMP permit requirements. UVa also has three trained E&SC inspectors who visit each site every two weeks or within 48 hours of a runoff producing rainfall event. Emails of inspection findings are sent to the Project Manager and Construction Administration Manager for each project.
Contractor installing Erosion & Sediment Controls on a UVa construction site
What else should the project consider?
If Site disturbance is over one acre, a VSMP permit is required.
If there is an increase in impervious surface as a result of the project, post-construction stormwater management is required.
- Kristin Carter (email@example.com, 2-5034) should be contacted regarding any project that is increasing impervious surface on site by 500 square feet or greater early in project design.
- Management of stormwater quality and quantity on site should be the first priority.
- If space limitations prohibit appropriate management of stormwater on site, stormwater can be managed using "banked" water quality/quantity capacity at a cost to the project.
- All projects outside the areas covered by the UVa Stormwater Management Master Plans must manage stormwater on site.
- Meadow Creek Stormwater Management Master Plan (pdf)
- Moore's Creek Stormwater Management Mater Plan (pdf)
- Post-construction stormwater management plans must be submitted to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreations for approval.
The Dell is a regional stormwater management feature at UVa that was installed as part of the John Paul Jones Arena project.
UVa E&SC Program personnel
- Certified E&SC Program Administrator:
- Kristin Carter (firstname.lastname@example.org, 2-5034) – Facilities Management
- Certified E&SC Inspectors:
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