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Provide your ideas on final draft of rules to improve erosion control during construction activity

Public Notice
This photo illustrates measures taken to control erosion on a development site, notably the presence of hay and plastic sheeting to prevent the loss of dirt and sediment at a site.
The City of Portland is updating its Erosion and Sediment Control Manual and is requesting public comment on the proposed final draft of the Manual.
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The Erosion and Sediment Control Manual is one tool for complying with the federal Clean Water Act. The Manual describes requirements for developers and construction managers to keep dirt, mud, rocks and sediment on-site when building occurs.

Erosion control is important for maintaining water quality and nutrients in soil. It is also important for protecting nearby streams and the fish and wildlife that inhabit them.

The Erosion and Sediment Control Manual provides guidelines for developing erosion control plans. It also offers best practices for managing run-off of sediment and other materials when construction or other ground-disturbing activities occur.

The final draft of the Erosion and Sediment Control Manual is now available for public review and comment. It is available to download from the link below. The draft manual focuses on:

  • Clarifying when and where the manual applies
  • Clarifying permanent stabilization requirements for the end of the construction period
  • Clarifying which erosion, sediment, and pollution control measures (Best Management Practices) are required when and where; some apply in all situations, some apply only in special circumstances such as steeply sloping sites or sites in close proximity to water bodies.
  • Emphasis of continued maintenance of erosion control measures during construction
  • Technical updates

Public comment on the proposed final draft of the Erosion and Sediment Control Manual will be accepted through Friday, Sept. 16.
 

Public hearing

A public hearing was not requested in writing by the deadline of 5 p.m. on Sept. 5. Therefore, the public hearing, previously scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, is cancelled.

Written testimony

Written testimony may be submitted online by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16.

Written testimony may also be submitted by mail to:

Bureau of Development Services
Erosion and Sediment Control Manual Testimony
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 5000
Portland, OR 97201

Testimony submitted by mail must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16.

More information about updates to the Erosion and Sediment Control Manual can be found here.