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Departments » Building Code Department » Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program
General Information

The purpose of the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program is to serve the public by protecting the waters of the State of Michigan, to ensure clean water for drinking, swimming, fishing and wildlife habitat. This program is operating under authority of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

A Soil Erision and Sedimentation Control Permit is required for an Earth Change of one or more acres or an Earth Change within 500' of a Lake or Stream (by definition).

The following documents are provided to assist you in the application for and development of a Soil Erosion Sedimentation Control Permit and Plan.

  • SESC Application

  • Example Site Plan

  • SESC Requirements and Control Measures

  • Methods of Acceptable Stabilization of Disturbed Soils

  • Fee Schedule Reduced permit Fees concurrent with a Building Permit only apply where the Building Permit is issued by Menominee County Building Code Dept.

    Why is Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Important?

    Economic Reasons
  • Excess sediment can increase the cost of treating drinking water and negatively affect the equipment used in the treatment process.

  • Sites developed with sound erosion control avoid the costs of removing sediment from storm water structures. Clean sites are also more appealing to potential buyers.

    Health & Safety Reasons
  • Eroded soils enter water bodies and channels, raising water levels and blocking culverts, flooding surrounding land.

  • Sediment can be deposited onto streets and roads by vehicles leaving the site or by storm water runoff. These sediments can make roadways dangerous.

  • Soil particles carry pollutants such as pesticides, oil and herbicides, that enter water bodies along with the soil, creating unhealthy conditions for wading and swimming and affecting water quality.

    Enviromental Reasons
  • Sediment in water bodies can cover the eggs of fish and other organisms, preventing them from hatching.

  • Excess sediment that is suspended in streams an rivers acts like sandpaper on fish and other organisms and can clog their gills, making breathing difficult.

  • Sediment reduces light penetration, making photo-synthesis more difficult for water plants.

  • Soil particles absorb heat, raising the temperature of the water and driving off desirable fish populations.

    Aesthetic & Recreational Reasons
  • Clear water is more desirable for swimming, boating, canoeing and fishing.

  • Excess sediment builds up in lakes and rivers. This raises the water level but reduces water depth, which decreases boating and fishing opportunities.

    Contact:  Daniel Menacher - SESC Administrator
    Phone: 906-753-6343
    Fax: 906-753-2200
    Click here to email
    Address:  S 904 U.S. Hwy 41
    Stephenson, MI 49887
    Office Hours:  8:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Monday - Friday (Central time zone)
  • Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program
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