Did you know that soil from construction sites can be carried into our streams and lakes? One of the leading causes of soil erosion in Northern Michigan is from construction activities.
Soil erosion and sedimentation control (SESC) is important even for home sites on an acre or less. For every acre under construction, about a dump truck and a half of soil washes into nearby waterways unless soil erosion and sedimentation controls are put in place. Sedimentation in our waterways, from erosion, can increase our local taxes, lower our property taxes, cause poor fishing and nuisance weed and algae growth.
The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) regulates the construction of projects that are in close proximity to a body of water and/or greater than an acre. EGLE requires a soil erosion and sedimentation permit for projects that are one of the following:
Within 500 feet of any lake or stream
Disturbs more than an acre
Is an industrial, commercial, or subdivision project regardless of the size, location, or environmental sensitivity
Is located within 25 feet of a regulated wetland
Below the high watermark of a lake or stream
If you are considering an outdoor home improvement project that requires the disturbance of soil on your property, you may need to obtain a SESC permit. It will also be necessary for you to install temporary and permanent soil erosion control measures, which will keep sediment out of our waterways.
While permits are no one’s best friend, their purpose is very important: to protect our water resources. The Missaukee County SESC program is managed by Missaukee Conservation District, and follows Part 91, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act of 1994 PA 451, as required by law.