Ero­sion and sed­i­ment con­trol plan re­views pro­tect Newton County’s en­vi­ron­men­tal re­sources

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The Up­per Oc­mul­gee River Soil and Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion District strives to pro­tect soil and wa­ter re­sources in Newton and Jasper Coun­ties. While Jasper County re­mains pre­dom­i­nantly ru­ral, Newton County has be­come more ur­ban in na­ture. Con­sid­er­ing the po­ten­tial en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts from land dis­turb­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to Newton County’s streams and stream buf­fers and pos- sible Fed­eral Clean Wa­ter Act vi­o­la­tions, a thor­ough re­view of the ero­sion and sed­i­ment con­trol plans is im­por­tant. The Newton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers con­tracts with the Ge­or­gia Soil and Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion Com­mis­sion on be­half of the county and the soil and wa­ter con­ser­va­tion district to fund the ero­sion and sed­i­ment con­trol co­or­di­na­tor po­si­tion to re­view these plans. Cur­rently Su­san Cas­tle per­forms these re­views and is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing the plans will be com­pli­ant with state and fed­eral re­quire­ments.

Oc­ca­sion­ally plans fail to meet min­i­mum state re­quire­ments for ero­sion and sed­i­ment con­trol de­sign de­spite re­peated plan re­views and re­quested plan corrections. The District has en­acted a 30-Day Plan Re­view Hold on plans that fail to meet min­i­mum re­quire­ments af­ter three re­views have been done. Plans re­sub­mit­ted for sub­se­quent re­views will have the plan re­view with­held for 30 days.

By pro­vid­ing a thor­ough re­view of the ero­sion and sed­i­ment con­trol plans, the Up­per Oc­mul­gee SWCD aids in pro­tect­ing Newton County’s valu­able en­vi­ron­men­tal re­sources.

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