The 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 of Erosion 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.
Forms, 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.
Why is Erosion and Sedimentation Control Important?
Pennsylvania Code Title 25, 102.4 (state law) requires: For earth disturbance activities, the following erosion and sediment control requirements apply:
The District will review the plan when:
Earth 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 and Post-construction Stormwater Management (PCSM) Plans. There are two types of NPDES permits:
Both the E&S and PCSM plans require regular maintenance for the proper function of the BMPs; the required maintenance is covered on the approved plans.
If you are unsure of the maintenance procedures required for a BMP the Conservation District may be able to provide you assistance. A quick guide to Homeowner's PCSM maintenance can also be found here.
These permits are required for a person proposing a timber harvesting or road maintenance activity involving 25 acres (10 hectares) or more of earth disturbance over the life of the project shall obtain an E&S Permit prior to commencing. NOTE: This permit not the same as an E&S plan review/approval as required by the municipality. Please contact the District for a pre-application meeting if you feel you require this permit.
These permits are required for earth disturbance associated with Oil & Gas exploration, production, processing or treatment operations or transmission facilties. DEP interprets "project" to be substantially connected well sites, access roads, pipelines, other service lines, support facilities, and/or other oil and gas activities. Well pads, impoundments and pipelines etc. may be permitted separately but are considered together solely to determine whether the total project acreage limit of five acres or more (re: §102.5(c)) has been met and a permit is required. Please contact the District for a pre-application meeting if you feel you require this permit.
The District does not administer the DEP Chapter 105 Permit Program. All inquiries regarding stream obstructions and encroachments should be forwarded to the PADEP Northeast Regional Office.There may other local, state, and federal permits associated with the project, you should check with the appropriate corresponding agencies.
You can visit DEP's website for more infomration concerning MS4 permitting program.
The District does not administer the County MS4 Premit Program, however the District does provide assistance to the County when needed. All inquiries regarding MS4 should be forwarded to Northampton County Public Works.
The District can provide hard copies of the following documents for a nominal charge:
Simply send a check or money order made payable to "NCCD" to:
Northampton County Conservation District14 Gracedale AvenueGreystone BuildingNazareth, PA 18064-9211
Contact NCCD for information on ordering publications. 610-829-6276