Erosion & Sedimentation Pollution Control

Erosion & Sedimentation Pollution Control

The District maintains a Level II delegation with the Department of Environmental Protection to handle Pennsylvania’s Title 25 Chapter 102 program. This chapter details issues dealing with erosion and sedimentation pollution control for earthmoving activities and Post Construction Stormwater Management (PCSM).

The duties delegated to the District include determining adequacy to meet regulatory requirements, education/technical assistance and compliance inspection.  Permitted sites are inspected on a regular basis; while non-permitted sites are inspected only on a complaint basis.

Regulations and Permitting

Various types of activities are regulated including; earthmoving, timber harvests, road maintenance, oil and gas site development and some agricultural activities. The size and type of activity define whether a permit is needed and the type of permit required.

Applications and information are available on the Department of Environmental Protection’s website. The District should be contacted with questions regarding what types of activities necessitate permitting.


PA Code Title 25 Chapter 102 Regulatory requirements in Pennsylvania require that all earthmoving activities implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) to minimize accelerated erosion during earth disturbances.  Activities permitted under the program also have to address stormwater following the completion of the activity.

The primary purpose for implementation of E&S and PCSM BMPs are to protect the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the watershed where the activity is located. The design and installation of the E&S and PCSM BMPs are a part of the permit issued for the site.

Duties and Services

Staff at the Lawrence Conservation District provide numerous services related to the program here in Lawrence County, those responsibilities include:

  • Education and outreach to the regulated community, consultants and cooperating agencies.
  • Providing assistance to developers and consultants applying for permit coverage under the chapter.
  • Technical assistance to agricultural producers.
  • Review of plans and permitting documents to determine their adequacy to meet regulatory requirements.
  • Compliance inspections on permitted sites and site investigations into complaints received by the public and other cooperating agencies.

In addition to program’s duties, the District also comments on E&S plans submitted during the application process for mining activities. (Please note that E&S plans for mining operations are kept on file during the application process in the District’s office and are available for public review. We as a District reserve the right to comment on the adequacy of E&S plan elements, but do not ultimately approve E&S plans associated with mining activities. For more mining information, contact the DEP Knox District office at (814) 797-1191.)

Printable Forms: A Fee Schedule should always be submitted with your project. 

Fee Schedule

All applicants requesting an amendment to an existing permit already issued should use the following form for submission:

Minor Major Schedule


PA Dep’s Program Web Page