Northampton County Conservation District (NCCD), under delegation
of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,
administers the Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control Program.
The Conservation District performs technical plan reviews
and Sediment Pollution Control (ESPC) plans,
conducts earth disturbance inspections and provides education
on soil and water conservation practices for construction
and agricultural activities as well as local educators.
Applications and Downloads page
for answers to many questions you may have about the program.
The page contains many documents that provide instructions,
Frequently Asked Questions and guidance regarding the program.
It is kept up to date.
Plan Designers page
Pemit Preparers page
is Erosion and Sedimentation Control Important? - DEP
is an ESPC Plan?
The ESPC Plan must show how land and water
resources are to be protected against accelerated erosion through
the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs). BMPs are activities
or structures that effectively control stormwater during construction
to prevent and minimize soil loss and surface water pollution.
Examples of BMPs include: minimizing earth disturbance, silt
fence, mulch, diversion ditches, sediment traps, sediment basins,
and the establishment of grasses or other BMPs for permanent
stabilization. The E&S Plan must show the site, location
of BMPs, and the timing and sequence of their installation for
I Need an E&S Plan?
Code Title 25, 102.4 (state law) requires:
earth disturbance activities, the following erosion and sediment
control requirements apply:
1. The implementation and maintenance of erosion and sediment
control BMPs are required to minimize the potential for accelerated
erosion and sedimentation, including for those activities which
disturb less than 5,000 square feet (464.5 square meters).
2. A person proposing earth disturbance activities shall develop
a written Erosion and Sediment Control Plan under this chapter
if one or more of the following criteria apply:
i. The earth disturbance activity
will result in a total of 5,000 square feet (464.5 square meters)
ii. The person proposing the earth
disturbance activities is required to develop an Erosion and
Sediment Control Plan pursuant to this Chapter under Department
regulations or other than those contained in this chapter.
iii. The earth disturbance activity,
because of its proximity to existing drainage features or patterns,
has the potential to discharge to a water classified as a High
Quality or Exceptional Value water pursuant to Chapter 93 (relating
to water quality standards).
Review fees may apply to ESPC plans submitted to NCCD requesting
technical review or determination of plan adequacy.
I Need a District E&S Plan Review?
District will review the plan when:
1. The review and approval is required for a permit (e.g. NPDES,
Chapter 105 Permit, Joint Permit, Small Projects Permit, etc.).
The review and approval is required by a municipality or other
governing body (e.g. Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance,
Municipal official/engineer/zoning officer request, etc.).
I Need Permits?
disturbance activities (except agricultural tillage and timber
harvests) that disturb 1.0 or more acres of ground over the
entire life of the project, including individual lot development,
require a NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System)
permit; part of the permitting process requires submission of
an appropriate Erosion and sediment Pollution Control plan.
are two types of NPDES permits:
An Individual NPDES permit is required::
in a special protection High Quality (HQ) or Exceptional
Value (EV) watershed (including EV wetlands) according to
PA Code Chapter 93 (or statewide
existing use classifications)
construction activities has the potential to discharge toxins
construction activities will violate water quality standards
construction activities are in areas inhabited by Federal
or State Endangered Species
Control Guidance 1 cannot be met on a site within a non-special
protection watershed classified as impaired (non-attaining
designated or existing use)
A General NPDES permit is required in all other cases
where 1.0 acre or more is disturbed over the entire life of
see our link to Forms and Applications
for all associated downloads for NPDES and District Reviews
District does not administer the
DEP Chapter 105 Program. All inquiries regarding stream obstructions
and encroachments should be forwarded to the PADEP
Northeast Regional Office.
other local, state, and federal permits associated with the
project, you should check with the appropriate corresponding
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District can provide hard copies of the following documents
for a nominal charge:
Survey of Northampton County, PA" - copy (1974) (Alternatively
you can utilize the NRCS
WebsoilSurvey online for free)
Simply send a check or money order made payable to "NCCD"
County Conservation District
14 Gracedale Avenue
Nazareth, PA 18064-9211
NCCD for information on ordering publications. 610.746.1971