The effects of erosion and sedimentation are well known. Typically, when the earth’s surface is exposed to the impacts of rainfall, there is an increase in the volume and velocity of runoff. This sets off a chain reaction that results in the transport and deposition of sediment, reduced stream capacity, and ultimately increased stream scour and flooding. Additionally, suspended sediment contributes to a decline in water quality by blocking sunlight, reducing photosynthesis, decreasing plant growth, destroying bottom dwelling species’ habitat, carrying attached pollutants such as phosphorous, nitrogen, and suspended solids.
Roadway infrastructure and storm water management inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with all applicable codes.
Woodland conservation inspections ensure compliance with the MNCPPC TCPII plans and specifications. Woodlands benefit the county as a whole by increasing property values. Woodlands also provide privacy and screening from adjacent properties. Trees help reduce heating and cooling bills in addition to the environmental benefits.
Grading inspections assure compliance with regulations for the placement and movement of soil through the inspection and monitoring of grading operations. Inspections are conducted for proper soil placement, excavations, final grade elevations and stabilization.
Chesapeake Bay Critical Area (CBCA) Program: All construction or grading operations in the area that fall within 1000 feet from tidal water are regulated by this program. For information about the CBCA, see the referenced links below.