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The Montour County Conservation District has been delegated by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to manage the Chapter 102 Erosion & Sediment (E&S) Pollution Control program throughout the county. These regulations have been put in place to minimize the impacts from earthmoving activities related to land development.
The District regularly performs plan reviews, approvals, site inspections, and complaint investigations of activities that involve erosion and sediment control issues. The size and type of earthmoving activity determines which type of application/approval is required by the District. The following list is basic guide to the E&S requirements in Montour County:
These are intended for projects where the total earth disturbance is less than 5,000 ft2. Examples of activities that would typically qualify for an E&S Waiver are pole barns, sheds, garages and other minor residential projects. Waiver determinations may be made for commercial, industrial or other projects, however the commercial/industrial fee will still apply unless the District Board of Directors determines otherwise.
E&S Plan Reviews:
E&S plan reviews are required for earthmoving activities over 5,000 ft2 in size. These activities commonly include single family homes, timber harvesting activities, commercial and other projects. E&S plans can also be required along with other DEP permits, such as a Chapter 105 General Permit. The E&S plan must contain the implementation and maintenance of E&S best management practices (BMPs) that minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation.
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is a federal regulation that works in conjunction with DEP’s E&S program. These regulations require a permit to be attained when proposing an earth disturbance activity that involves equal to or greater than 1 acre on any portion, part, or during any stage of, a larger common plan of development or sale. This permit also requires the implementation of a post construction stormwater management (PCSM) plan. This excludes agricultural plowing or tilling activities, animal heavy use areas, timber harvesting activities or road maintenance activities.
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The Montour County Conservation District has been delegated by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to manage a portion of the Chapter 105 program that deals with General Permits (GPs). These permits are necessary for activities in, along or across a stream and its adjacent floodway. A regulated stream is any channel or conveyance of surface water having a defined bed and banks, whether natural or man-made, with perennial or intermittent flow. The floodway of a stream can be determined by researching maps and flood insurance studies provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In areas where no FEMA maps or studies exist, it is assumed, absent evidence to the contrary, that the floodway extends from the stream to 50 feet from the top of the bank of a stream.
The following is a list of General Permits available for these types of activities. Please note that Montour Conservation District only processes GP’s 1-9. GP’s 10, 11, and 15 must be forwarded to the DEP’s Northcentral Regional Office in Williamsport for review. Don’t forget to submit an E&S plan along with your GP application, as these are required with all GP submissions.
GP-1 Fish Habitat Enhancement Structures
GP-2 Small Docks and Boat Launching Ramps
GP-3 Bank Rehabilitation, Bank Protection and Gravel Bar Removal
GP-4 Intake & Outfall Structures
GP-5 Utility Line Stream Crossings
GP-6 Agricultural Crossings and Ramps
GP-7 Minor Road Crossings
GP-8 Temporary Road Crossings
GP-9 Agricultural Activities
GP-10 Abandoned Mine Reclamation
GP-11 Maintenance, Testing, Repair, Rehabilitation, or Replacement of Water Obstructions and Encroachments
GP-15 Private Residential Construction in Wetlands
Dirt, Gravel & Low Volume Road Maintenance Program
The intent of the Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program is to create a better public road system with a reduced environmental impact. The program focuses on “Environmentally Sensitive Road Maintenance Practices” that reduce the impact of road runoff and sediment to local streams, while reducing long term road maintenance costs. The program’s two concerns are (1) dirt and gravel roads which have been identified as sources of dust and sediment pollution, and (2) low volume roads that are sealed or paved with an average daily traffic count of 500 vehicles or less.
The Montour Conservation District staff plays a vital role in the administration of this program. The staff performs a wide variety of tasks including education and outreach, project evaluation, technical assistance, project oversight, accounting, and auditing. The county also utilizes a Quality Assurance Board (QAB) that advises the District on local program policies and recommends projects for funding.
Tyler Servose, MCCD (Chairman)
Rich Heitzelman, MCCD (voting)
Chris Ribble, NRCS (voting)
Jake Bennett, Fish & Boat Commission (voting)
All public entities that own public roads in Pennsylvania that are open to public vehicle travel are eligible to apply to the District for program funding. To be eligible for funding, the entity must have an individual attend the environmentally sensitive maintenance (ESM) training within the past five (5) calendar years. For more information on the Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program, contact Tyler Servose at (570) 271-1140.