The effects of erosion and sedimentation are detrimental to a site, a property, and to local streams and the Chesapeake Bay. 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, as well as carrying attached pollutants such as phosphorous, nitrogen and suspended solids.
Enforcing Erosion Controls
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) delegates the erosion and sediment control enforcement authority to Prince George’s County. The County must demonstrate every two years to MDE it has the ability to effectively enforce State erosion and sediment control requirements.
Roadway, infrastructure and stormwater management inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with all applicable codes.
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.
Woodland Conservation inspections ensure compliance with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Tree Conservation plans and specifications. Woodlands benefit the County as a whole by increasing property values, providing privacy and screening from adjacent properties, and reducing heating and cooling bills.
Chesapeake Bay Critical Area (CBCA) Program
All construction or grading operations in the area that fall within 1,000 feet from the tidal water are regulated by this program.