Construction Sites Management of Storm Water & Sediment in Stark County
Few activities cause the magnitude of soil disturbance in urbanized areas that construction sites do. Soil erosion and the resulting sedimentation are a leading cause of water quality problems in Stark County. In order to protect the County's resources, the Stark Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) implements the Stark County Water Management and Sediment Control Regulations, Amended 2008.
The purpose of the regulations are to protect the county’s water resources by ensuring that the proper stormwater and erosion and sediment control measures are in place. Erosion and sediment control measures are called Best Management Practices (BMP’s), and when installed and maintained correctly, they help prevent soil from leaving the site. Stormwater control measures ensure that the volume of storm water runoff remains the same as before development occurs.
The District inspects construction sites to ensure that they are adhering to the rules established in the Water Management and Sediment Control Regulations. The District has the authority to issue a stop work order to gain compliance with regulations.
The District staff works diligently to review plans and perform site inspections to ensure that these erosion and sediment control measures are in place. The District is committed to helping achieve a balance between development and nature; therefore, preserving the integrity of Stark County’s natural resources.