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Protecting the Environment Using Erosion Control

The City of Charlotte's Erosion Control Program originated from a State action, which granted local government authority to enforce the Sedimentation Pollution Control Act of 1973 and specifically the erosion control requirements. The City's Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance was adopted in 1976, and revised in 2002, provides the framework and guidelines for protecting private property, wetlands, creeks, and lakes (and ultimately our drinking water) from sediment pollution during construction activities. The program's goal is to protect our water resources by providing assistance and education on erosion control practices to the development community, and by enforcing the Ordinance's provisions.

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State and Federal Permits

The City of Charlotte requires that any necessary State and Federal permits be included with a project's plan review submittal. The City also performs a field inspection for all rezoning requests, and checks for wetland and stream presence on the property. This process helps ensure that a project's plans do not inadvertently violate another agency's regulations. We recommend that you or your wetland consultant contact the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regarding specific requirements.

If you have questions about erosion control, contact John Geer at 704-336-4258.