The Clinton County Conservation District has delegation from the PA Department of Environmental Protection to administer the Chapter 102 Erosion and Sediment Pollution control program and to acknowledge stream and wetlands permits for certain activities and structures in or near a regulated stream or floodway.
Erosion & Sediment Control
A Code, Title 25, Chapter 102 and the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law require the implementation and maintenance of erosion and sediment control best management practices to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation. Since Clinton County is home to a high number of special protection waters these regulations in many cases require that an erosion and sediment pollution control plan be developed regardless of the amount of expected earth disturbance. In addition, local municipal ordinances may require that the Conservation District review the erosion and sediment pollution control plan before a building or excavation permit will be issued.
PA Code, Title 25, Chapter 105 regulates wetlands and any channel with defined bed and banks that can convey water. The channel can be natural or man made, seasonal or intermittent. In addition, these regulations require approval for activities within the floodway. In some cases, the floodway is determined by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). When no such FEMA designation exists, the floodway is considered to extend 50 feet landward from the top of each stream bank. Typical activities that are commonly permitted include driveway culverts, highway bridges, utility line stream crossings, stream bank stabilization projects, etc.
The Conservation District's Chapter 102 and Chapter 105 responsibilities include education, technical assistance, site inspection, plan review, voluntary compliance, and permit acknowledgement. Contact the Clinton County Conservation District Resource Conservation staff for assistance related to:
- Determination of permit requirements
- Plan design technical assistance
- Permits for projects in and around streams, including: bank stabilization, crossings, and fish habitat structures
- Permits for projects that will disturb more than one acre of ground
- Pre-construction meetings on earthmoving sites to help ensure compliance with permits, and regulations
- Field inspection of earthmoving projects
- Investigation of and response to complaints regarding sediment pollution