2002 Connecticut Guidelines for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control

The Connecticut Guidelines for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control were revised and compiled into a single readable manual in 2002. This manual is now available online to government agencies and to the public. Anyone who is interested in preserving soil or helping to aid environmental efforts will benefit from reading and studying the manual. The manual also serves as the technical standard for compliance in municipal planning, zoning regulation, and permit approvals. This manual is also a valuable resource for anyone affected by or subject to the State of Connecticut’s Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act (§ 22a-325 to 22a-329 of the Connecticut General Statutes).

It is imperative to control sediment and erosion. Soil erosion occurs when the surface of the land is worn away by water or wind. Small particles of the soil detach from the land and travel to a new location, where they are ultimately deposited. The new deposits are called sediment, and the process itself is called sedimentation. Of course, erosion and sedimentation are natural processes. It is only when the process is accelerated by human activities that significant problems can result, some with irreversible consequences.

Erosion accelerated by water is the most troubling type of erosion affecting this state. When sediment enters wetlands, it can disrupt fragile ecosystems and cause water pollution. Erosion and sedimentation can cause pollution of storm drains, watercourses, and other water resources. The primary aim of the document is to prevent and control water erosion and sedimentation.

Erosion is a common by-product of both agriculture and construction. It is possible for construction projects, agriculture, and regional development to reshape the soil enough to cause flooding. Even if flooding does not occur, water and soil quality can be dramatically reduced by erosion. Any decrease in soil or water quality affects both wildlife and human food sources. This can create great economic hardship with long-term consequences. Alteration of habitat for fish and wildlife can destroy recreation areas, public property, and individual homesteads or farms.

Best management practices in agriculture, construction, and development will reduce the negative impacts of sedimentation and erosion. This manual will help landowners, developers, commission members, engineers, and architects to implement procedures that are required by Connecticut State Law. Specific actions to control erosion are required in the following areas: construction, water pollution control, coastal resource management, tidal wetlands, inland wetlands, navigable waters, watercourses, water diversion, stream channel encroachment, dam safety, and solid waste management. The 2002 Connecticut Guidelines for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control is available free of charge by following the link below:

2002 Connecticut Guidelines for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control
This Errata Sheet can be found by clicking here

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