Erosion Control Frequently Asked Questions

When is an Erosion Control Plan required to be submitted and approved by the City?
An erosion control plan must be submitted to and approved by the City prior to land disturbing activities at the following sites: 1. Sites requiring a subdivision plat approval or the construction of houses and most other buildings on lots of approved subdivision plats. 2. Sites requiring a certified survey approval or the construction of houses and most other buildings on lots of approved certified surveys. 3. Sites with land disturbing activity (grading, vegetation removal, excavation, land filling, etc.) affecting a surface area of 4,000 square feet or more. 4. Sites with excavation, filling, or storage (or a combination thereof) affecting a volume of 100 cubic yards or more of excavated or fill material. 5. Sites involving street, highway, road, or bridge construction, enlargement, relocation, or reconstruction. 6. Sites involving the laying, repairing, replacing, or enlarging of an underground pipe or facility for a distance of 300 feet or more (on public or private property). 7. Sites involving demolition, razing, or major repair of any building where soil could be exposed to wind or rain.

 

What constitutes an Erosion Control Plan for work on private property?
For activities disturbing greater than 1 acre the following items are needed: 1. Existing site conditions map. 2. Proposed site conditions map. 3. A site construction plan that includes the following: a. Locations and dimensions of land disturbing activities, temporary stockpiles, and erosion control measures proposed. b.Site development schedule including installation, maintenance, and removal of erosion control measures. c. Provisions for maintenance of erosion control measures during construction. For activities disturbing less than 1 acre the following items are needed: 1. Simple site map showing existing and proposed conditions. 2. Statement describing site and erosion control measures proposed. 3. Site development schedule. For additional information on Erosion Control Plan requirements, see the ?Erosion control during construction? document on the Department of City Development website.

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What constitutes an Erosion Control Plan, also called an Erosion Control Implementation Plan, for projects in the public right-of-way and public utility easements?
The following items are required: 1. Completed and signed Erosion Control Implementation Plan application form. 2. Description of erosion control measures proposed. 3. Site plan showing proposed work, topography, and locations of erosion control measures. 4. Construction schedule including installation, maintenance, and removal of erosion control measures.

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What are erosion control measures?
Erosion control measures, also called construction best management practices, are structural and non-structural measures that are temporary or permanent methods, procedures, and devices employed to avoid or minimize soil, sediment, and pollutant movement, or to manage storm water runoff onto or off a site. Typical erosion control measures include construction and re-vegetation staging, storm drain inlet protection, silt fence, stone tracking pads, erosion mats and mulching, storm runoff diversion, sediment basins and traps, and pavement sweeping.

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To whom should erosion control plans for work on private property be submitted? 
Erosion control plans for private property work are to be submitted to the assigned plan examiner at the following address: City of Milwaukee Development Center 809 North Broadway P.O. Box 324 Milwaukee, WI 53201-0324

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To whom should Erosion Control Plans (Erosion Control Implementation Plans) for projects in the public right-of-way and public utility easements be submitted?
For City water main projects, Erosion Control Plans are to be submitted to: Ms. Carrie Lewis Superintendent Milwaukee Water Works 841 North Broadway, Room 409 Milwaukee, WI 53202 For other projects in the public right-of-way and public utility easements, Erosion Control Plans are to be submitted to: Mr. Jeffery S. Polenske, PE City Engineer City of Milwaukee 841 North Broadway, Room 701 Milwaukee, WI 53202

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What items need to be submitted for review of an Erosion Control Plan for work on private property?
The following items must be submitted at the time of Erosion Control Plan review: 1. Four copies of a proposed Erosion Control Plan. 2. Signed and complete Erosion Control Certification. 3. Erosion Control Plan examination fee ($70 for sites less than 1 acre, $100 for sites of 1 acre or greater). For additional information on Erosion Control Plan submittals, see the ?Erosion control during construction? document on the Department of City Development?s website at http://www.mkedcd.org/build/pdfs/erosion.pdf.

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What needs to be submitted to obtain an Erosion Control Permit for work on private property? 
The following items must be submitted to obtain an Erosion Control Permit: 1. An approved Erosion Control Plan with the additional items listed in ?A7?. 2. An Erosion Control Performance Deposit equal to $0.50 per square foot of disturbed area. The deposit may be in the form of an irrevocable letter of credit, a performance bond, or a cashier?s check. For additional information on Erosion Control Permit requirements, see the ?Erosion control during construction? document on the Department of City Development?s website at http://www.mkedcd.org/build/pdfs/erosion.pdf.

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Is an Erosion Control Permit, fee, or bond required for projects in the public right-of-way and public utility easements?
If the project is a City-let contract with bid provisions for erosion control, no permit, fee, or performance deposit is required. If the project is not part of a City-let contract, an Erosion Control Permit, fee, and performance deposit is required. Following approval of the Erosion Control Plan by the Department of Public Works, these items are to be submitted to an assigned plan examiner at the City of Milwaukee Development Center, 809 North Broadway.

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Can an Erosion Control Plan approved by the City be a substitute for a Storm Water Pollution Prevention and Erosion Control Plan if required by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and vice versa?
No, having an Erosion Control Plan approved by the City does not relieve a landowner from submitting a Notice of Intent (NOI) and related Storm Water Pollution Prevention and Erosion Control Plan to the WDNR. Conversely, having a Storm Water Pollution Prevention and Erosion Control Plan approved by the WDNR does not relieve one from submitting an Erosion Control Plan to the City. However, there are normally some common components of the two plans that can used to satisfy both WDNR and City requirements. WDNR requirements for storm water management are contained in Chapters NR151 and NR 216 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code and are summarized on the WDNR website at http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/water/wm/nps/stormwater.htm.

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