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Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Overview

Stormwater runoff can cause soil erosion creating sediment deposits that negatively impact the water quality of District rivers and streams, limiting recreation opportunities, and hurting fish and wildlife. In the District of Columbia, a Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plan is required as part of the building permit process for construction and redevelopment projects that clear, grade, or in any way disturb the earth's surface. The purpose of this plan is to minimize erosion to prevent sediment pollution from entering the Potomac River, the Anacostia River, their tributaries, and the District's sewer system. The Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plan shows the site's existing topography, indicates how it will be altered, identifies the control measures that will be installed, and describes how and when these controls will be implemented and maintained.

Notice of Final Publication - Erosion and Sediment Control Manual and Field Handbook
DOEE has finalized the Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) Manual. The manual provides guidance for erosion and sediment control permitting, and is an abbreviated waterproof guide to the most commonly used ESC practices. Read More>>

Submit Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plan Information Online

You must use the Stormwater Database to submit project information to DOEE as part of its Soil Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) Plan review process. DOEE will only review plans that have been submitted in the Stormwater Database. Effective June 1, 2016, DOEE will no longer accept walkthrough plans that have not yet submitted through the Stormwater Database.

<< Go to 2013 Stormwater Management Rule and Guidebook

Key Documents

Signage Requirement for Projects Requiring Erosion and Sediment Control Plans

All construction projects requiring soil Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) plans must post a District-approved sign that notifies the public to contact the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) in the event of erosion or other pollution from the site. This signage requirement will help to protect the District’s natural resources by identifying and correcting sites that are causing erosion and/or discharging sediment to local waterbodies. This is a requirement of the 2013 Rule on Stormwater Management and Soil Erosion and Sediment Control (2013 SW Rule) which calls for the prominent posting of a sign that:

  1. Is in plain view of and readable by the public at a distance of twelve feet (12 ft);
  2. Placed at each entrance to the site or as directed by DDOE; and
  3. Provides contact information identified by the Department, including phone number, e-mail address, and 311 mobile app.

DDOE has updated the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plan General Notes to outline the design elements for the sign based on the requirements of the 2013 SW Rule. Download and print your sign attached below or pick up signs from DOEE staff located in the DCRA Permit Center.

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