Erosion and Sediment Control

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Erosion Control Silt Fence



Ellen Brenna, Natural Resources Coordinator
Phone: 651.490.4665 | E-mail Ellen

When land disturbing work occurs in the City of Shoreview, erosion and sediment control practices must be implemented on any site, and be maintained until the soil on the site has been permanently stabilized. The property owner or his/her agent is responsible for specifying the erosion control procedures that will be installed and maintained on the site. Sites are inspected regularly for compliance. 

For new construction, landscaping, additions or other work on lots that are part of a larger subdivision that has a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Storm Water Permit, the permit holder must complete the MPCA Subdivision Registration form. A copy should be submitted to the City before any City permits are granted. The Surface Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) that will be used on the site should also be submitted, and the erosion control plans for the lot must comply with the Subdivision NPDES Permit.  

Even if no NPDES Strom Water Permit is needed for a project, a City permit is required.  If the work is not subject to a building permit, you will need an Excavating / Grading Permit (PDF) when moving more than 10 cubic yards of soil or disturbing an area more than 1,000 square feet. Note that for lots that are on lakeshore property, permits are required for smaller areas and volumes.  City regulations require erosion control even if no permit is required.

Using good practices to minimize erosion will help maintain the quality of surface waters and reduce expenditures needed to maintain the stormwater system.  

Good housekeeping practices are important for minimizing erosion and sedimentation. 

  • Keep soil and debris off of sidewalks and streets.  Rain will quickly wash the sediment to catch basins and surface waters from these hard surfaces.
  • The grassy boulevard area (10 to 15 feet from the street) acts to filter sediment from runoff.  If that area will be disturbed, act to promptly re-sod the disturbed area or use a fiber blanket to prevent erosion.
  • Protect catch basins if disturbed soil is located less than 10 feet from the curb or street.
  • Maintain erosion control mechanisms by re-anchoring fences and cleaning out sediment build up regularly throughout a project. 

For more detail information and examples read the Sediment and Erosion Control Info Sheets (PDF)

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