Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control
The problem of erosion and sediment control has plagued society
since colonial times. Early land clearing, logging, and farming damaged
many streams and rivers. In the early 1930s, a nationwide soil
conservation movement started which greatly reduced the agricultural
erosion problem. Today, a typical farm conservation plan often reduces
soil loss from 15 to 25 or more tons per acre per year, to less than 5
tons per acre per year.
In recent years, construction activities have caused serious
erosion and sedimentation problems. With modern equipment and
technology, we create vast networks of highways, sprawling subdivisions,
large industrial parks, and massive shopping centers. In many cases,
these activities result in severe erosion and sedimentation damage to
our land and water resources.
It is estimated that from all sources, over 4.5 billion tons of
sediment pollute the rivers of this country each year. This is the
equivalent to a volume the size of 25,000 football fields, 100 feet
high. It costs $8 to $12 per cubic yard to remove sediment from
waterways. It is estimated that $6 billion to $13 billion per year are
spent in the United States to correct the effects of erosion and
Damage from erosion and sediment affects nearly every citizen. Erosion and sedimentation result in:
- Loss of fertile topsoil
- Clogged ditches, culverts, and storm sewers that increase flooding
- Muddy or turbid lakes and streams
- Damage to plant and animal life
- Filled-in ponds, lakes and reservoirs
- Damage to aquatic habitats and reduced recreational value and use
Where to obtain a soil erosion permit?
The Engineering Department is utilizing submittal of Soil Erosion Permits online through AccessMyGov website, this allows for online application submittal, status inquiry, plan attachments, and payment of fees. An account must be created through:
Contractor: Contractors Create an Account Here
Homeowner: Homeowners Create an Account Here
Submit all necessary paperwork, surety, insurances and plans by attaching them with the original permit application online. $10 Review Fee required with all applications. Additional Fees will be calculated once we receive the application. If you have any questions please contact Engineering 248.524.3383 or come to the first floor of City Hall, 500 W. Big Beaver.