Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia

Due to stakeholder comments received after the 2013 public comment period, the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission State Board voted unanimously on Friday, February 21, 2014, to reopen the Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia, 6th Edition, and testing procedures for public comment and to make changes from comment(s) as needed. The Public Comment Period closed on December 18, 2014.

As of February 21, 2014, the GSWCC State Board has removed the Approved Products List from the GSWCC website due to this re-opening.  The GA DOT Qualified Products List (QPL) has been posted to the GSWCC website as the official list for the remainder of 2014 and all of 2015.  Products not listed on a DOT QPL List must follow NPDES Alternative Practice standards for use on Land Disturbing Activity sites unless the product was a part of the 2013 (5th Edition) of the Manual. No new products or practices will be reviewed by the GSWCC State Board during this time period.

On August 8, 2014, the GSWCC State Board appointed members to the Technical Advisory Committee to consider changes to the Manual and testing procedures based on the comments received. The role of TAC members was to receive public comment on the Manual (6th Edition) and testing procedures, provide technical expertise, and evaluate potential options in order to provide technical recommendations to the GSWCC State Board for their consideration for adoption.

The TAC provided recommendations to the Board for consideration at the December 18, 2014, State Board Meeting.

The Board received recommendations from the Technical Advisory Committee regarding the contents of the Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia and received comments from the public. Citing several areas of concern and uncertainty, the board took no official action on the Manual.

If you are a certified Erosion and Sediment Control Design Professional or Plan Preparer in Georgia, please review the following information to ensure that you are meeting the requirements of the Erosion and Sedimentation Act of 1975 and are aware of news regarding the Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia:

The Erosion and Sedimentation Act of 1975 requires that, as a minimum, protections at least as stringent as the state general permit; and best management practices, including sound conservation and engineering practices to prevent and minimize erosion and resultant sedimentation, must be consistent with, and no less stringent than, those practices contained in the Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control In Georgia published by the State Soil and Water Conservation Commission as of January 1 of the year in which the land-disturbing activity was permitted.

Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia

For calendar year 2015, both the 5th and 6th editions of the Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control can be used as in 2014.

Soil and Erosion Control Products

There is no recognized approved products list for the 6th edition of the Manual. The only approved products list recognized is the GA DOT Qualified Products List (QPL) recognized in the 5th edition, unless the product was a part of the 2013 (5th Edition) of the Manual.

Products not listed on a DOT QPL List must follow NPDES Alternative Practice standards for use on Land Disturbing Activity sites unless the product was a part of the 2013 (5th Edition) of the Manual. No new products or practices will be reviewed by the GSWCC State Board during this time period.

In the 5th edition of the Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia, sediment barriers are labeled Type A, Type B, or Type C. In the 6th edition of the Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia, sediment barriers are labeled Sensitive or Non-sensitive. 

For calendar year 2015, it is allowable to use Type C products in sensitive areas and to use Type A and Type B products in non-sensitive areas.

Contact Information 

Questions about erosion and sediment control should be directed to the Urban Lands Erosion and Sediment Control Program by phone at 706-552-4474 or by emailing certification@gaswcc.org.

 

Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia

Sixth Edition (January 2014)

ENTIRE MANUAL (Note: This is a large PDF file.)

Contents

Preface, Foreward, and Table of Contents (PDF)

CHAPTER 1. The Erosion and Sedimentation Act of 1975 (PDF)

CHAPTER 2. Sediment and Erosion Control Processes, Principles and Practices (PDF)

   Uniform Coding System (PDF)

CHAPTER 3. Planning and Plans (PDF)

CHAPTER 4. Local Programs: Principles and Processes (PDF)

CHAPTER 5. Sources of Assistance and Resource Information (PDF)

CHAPTER 6. BMP Standards and Specifications for General Land-Disturbing Activities (PDF)

APPENDIX A-1. Estimating Runoff from Urban Areas (PDF)

APPENDIX B-1. Soil Series Interpretations (PDF)

APPENDIX B-2. Soil Loss Predictions (PDF)

APPENDIX C. Construction Materials (PDF)

APPENDIX D. Model Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance (PDF)

APPENDIX E. Conversion Factors (PDF)

APPENDIX F. Glossary (PDF)

References (PDF)

Fifth Edition (2013)

Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia - Fifth Edition (Note: This is a large PDF file.)

Chapter 6 - BMP Standards and Specifications for General Land-Disturbing Activities (PDF)