The Snyder County Conservation District provides educational workshops, reviews Erosion and Sediment (E&S) Control plans, inspects active earth disturbance sites, responds to public complaints and documents information for possible violations of Chapter 102 regulations [overseen by PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)] and the PA Clean Streams Law.
The Conservation District operates at a Level II authority of the delegation agreement with DEP regarding E&S. In general, the Conservation District reviews and approves E&S Control plans from those individuals associated with an earth moving activity involving a minimum disturbance of 5,000 square feet (sq. ft.). All earthwork should have an E&S Control plan on site, implemented and maintained. Conservation District staff review an E&S control plan to determine if the proposed best management practices (BMPs) will properly function when installed. Staff will also make on-site inspections of earth moving activities to determine if the "SCCD approved" BMPs have been implemented and are being maintained.
Basically, there are four types of E&S Control Plans (E&S) acceptable to the Snyder County Conservation District:
- Small project E&S plan in which there is less than 1.00 acre (43,560 sq. ft.) of earth disturbance such and is for single family residence.
- Professionally developed E&S control plans in which there is between 5,000 sq. ft. and less than 1.00 acre of earth disturbance.
- Professionally developed E&S control plans in which there is 1.00 or more acres of earth disturbance and involves an NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) permit.
- Any timber harvesting.
Earth Disturbance (Activity): [DEP Definition] A construction or other human activity which disturbs the surface of the land including land clearing, grubbing, grading, excavations, embankments, land development, agricultural plowing or tilling, operation of animal heavy use areas, timber harvesting activities, road maintenance activities, oil and gas activities, well drilling, mineral extraction and the moving, depositing, stockpiling or storing of soil, stone or earth materials.
Note: Agricultural activities are also regulated under Chapter 102 regulations. Refer to our Agricultural Erosion Prevention web page for information to decrease soil loss from crop fields, pastures and places where animals congregate.