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Erosion and Sediment Control

It Doesn't Take a Flood to Move a Lot of Mud Brochure

Why is it Important and What Do We Do?

The City of Lincoln Public Works and Utilities Department, Watershed Management Division and the Lower Platte South NRD enforce the City's National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Permit requirements. This includes the review and approval of erosion and sediment control plans for sites where one (1) acre or more of ground is disturbed. Erosion and Sediment Control Plans must be submitted to the Lower Platte South NRD for review and approval prior to construction. Erosion and sediment control measures for disturbed areas one (1) acre or larger must be maintained even as individual lots within the overall permitted area are sold.

Keep Mud Out of Your Streets... It's the Law

City of Lincoln has ordinances, 26.31.030 Penalty, and 26.31.040 InterLinc Site Sediment in Public Right-Of-Way; Notice to Remove; Penalty; that require any sediment in the public right-of-way to be removed or cleaned up in a timely manner.. Of course, prevention is the best way to keep our streets clean.

Examples of Soil Erosion

Soil erosion on a street - Click for larger image Soil erosion on a sidewalk - Click for larger image Soil erosion - Click for larger image Soil erosion on a street - Click for larger image Soil erosion on a street - Click for larger image

Use Best Management Practices to Limit Erosion and Sediment

Silt fences at strategic locations - Click for larger image
Properly located and installed silt fences can greatly reduce the amount of sediment that leaves a construction site.
Straw mats and ditch checks - Click for larger image
Combinations of BMPs can be very effective.
Hydromulch seeding - Click for larger image
Early prevention, like quickly establishing ground cover, is vital.
Permanent and temporary seeding - Click for larger image
Areas reserved for future construction activities should be protected as well.
Inlet Protection
Innovative means and measures can keep soils on-site and provide protection for facilities.
Rock Site Entrance - Click for larger image
Ground covers can slow the flow of water reducing erosion and allowing sediment to settle out.
Straw 'waddles' - Click for larger image Clean it up yourself!

Sometimes the best BMP is just cleaning it up yourself!

For Questions and Assistance

Please contact: Watershed Management at 441-4957


Erosion and Sediment Control