NPDES permits are required for earth disturbance projects over an acre.
Minimizing soil erosion and the resulting sediment pollution to Waters of the Commonwealth is the goal of this program. PA Code, Title 25, Chapter 102 and the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law require the implementation and maintenance of erosion and sediment control best management practices to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation. A written erosion and sediment pollution control plan is required under any one of the following conditions:
It is noted in the state regulations that even those sites that disturb less than 5,000 square feet are still required to install, implement and maintain erosion and sediment control best management practices to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation, but the plan does not need to be submitted for approval to the Conservation District.
The plan may require review and approval from the Warren County Conservation District prior to any earth disturbance activities at the site. DEP also requires erosion and sediment pollution control plan review and approval before other DEP permits will be issued.
The Warren County Conservation District has an Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control Plan Application and Review Fee Schedule. Every plan submitted to the Warren County Conservation District for review must include a completed application and review fee. The fees are based on category of earth moving and extent of earth disturbance.
General Permits (GPs) were created for activities or structures that do not pose a significant threat to flooding or the environment. A General Permit is a pre-approved set of conditions, construction limits, dimensions and other criteria which apply to many common types of projects. If the work that an applicant is proposing meets all of the conditions of the General Permit, then the applicant need only register his/her intent to use the General Permit, and receive acknowledgement after review from the Conservation District.
The following is a listing and a brief description of the General 105 Permits available through the Conservation District.
*Please note: GP-11 & GP-15 applications and the associated Erosion & Sediment Control Plans are submitted directly to the DEP regional office. The Warren County Conservation District does not process these applications.
The Warren County Conservation District is delegated by DEP to review and acknowledge General Permits that meet the conditions of the permit. When requesting a General Permit acknowledgement by the Conservation District the following must be submitted to the District: