The Erosion and Sediment Control Program was set up to improve and protect Georgia's urban soil and water resources by reducing the amount of erosion from urban development sites. The program does this through the use of best management practices (BMP's) as called for in the soil and water conservation districts law and delivered through soil and water conservation districts. The program educates local governments and erosion and sediment control professionals on urban BMPs and certifies professionals to meet Georgia's standards for land-disturbing activities.
Notice effective September 24, 2013, regarding NPDES ( National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) Permits, modified July 1, 2016
NPDES General Permit GAR100001 (Stand Alone), GAR100002 (Infrastructure) and GAR100003 (Common Development) have been issued by the GA EPD and are effective September 24, 2013. The permit area of the NPDES General Permits is statewide. The NPDES General Permits will be valid for a maximum of five years. As called for in the new permits, existing construction sites must submit the new NOI – Version 2013 within ninety (90) days after the effective date (September 24, 2013) of the permits in order to obtain coverage. The final permits, fact sheet, addendum fact sheet and response to public comments have been posted on the EPD website at www.gaepd.org/npdes. Links to the permit forms and addendum are also posted on our Permitting pages and our Documents List.
Notice to current holders of Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission land-disturbance certifications
Individuals currently holding a land-disturbing certification issued by the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission (GSWCC) should be aware that expiration warnings are not mailed to individuals whose certifications are set to expire.
However, electronic notifications are sent 60 days prior to the expiration date to those individuals who have a valid email address registered with GSWCC.
To receive electronic notifications or to update current contact information, please call 706-552-4474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals needing a replacement card should mail a written request along with a self addressed, stamped envelope to:
Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission
The Education and Certification Program
4310 Lexington Road
Athens GA 30605
GSWCC issues re-certification cards to individuals that have met the re-certification requirements. The re-certification card will replace the outdated certification card.
Anyone involved in land development, design, review, permitting, construction, monitoring, inspection, or any land-disturbing activity in Georgia must meet education requirements and be certified by the GSWCC program developed in consultation with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the Stakeholder Advisory Board.
Information about education and certification offered by GSWCC for land-disturbing activities is available at http://gaswcc.georgia.gov/education-and-certification or by calling 706-552-4474.