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Policies and Procedures
Erosion & Sedimentation Control Policy


Soil erosion is the removal of soil by water, wind, ice or gravity and sediment deposition occurs when the rate of surface flow is insufficient for the transport of soil particles. Often, these two situations may arise within active construction areas which disturb the existing site. Undisturbed areas may also be impacted in a
similar manner through the introduction of road salt & sand or vehicular debris. The effects of soil erosion and sedimentation may also be transported off-site to municipal storm systems and adjacent properties if not effectively managed. The aggregate sum of improperly managed soil erosion and sedimentation may negatively impact water quality by plugging storm system inlets and pipes, altering natural stream banks and ecosystems or flooding roads and structures.

Proper implementation of construction site erosion and sedimentation best management practices will minimize alterations in water quality throughout construction. The implementation of post-construction maintenance of the these best management practices will allow the site to comply with local regulations related to water quality and further contribute to sustainable design, construction and use of the College Campus.


The objectives of the College Erosion & Sedimentation Control Policy are:

  • Prevent loss of soil during construction by stormwater runoff and/or wind erosion.
  • Prevent sedimentation of storm sewers, combined sewers and receiving streams.
  • Prevent air pollution with dust and particulate matter.
  • Implement a long-term maintenance plan for the on-going maintenance of post-construction erosion/sedimentation measures.
  • Comply with the City of Syracuse Municipal Stormwater Ordinance


The College is located in the City of Syracuse, which has been identified as a Municipal Separate Sewer System (MS4) in the State of New York. As a result, review and enforcement of erosion and sedimentation measures lies with the City. All construction activities that disturb in excess of 10,000square feet (SF) on the 
College Campus will be required to implement a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) to be reviewed and signed by the Owner, Contractor and Preparer. Per the City Stormwater Ordinance, this plan shall be prepared to the most current New York State Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control.

For projects not requiring the preparation of an SWPPP, the College shall comply with the New York State Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control. Further, all significant construction or improvement & repair activities on the College campus shall be accompanied by an Erosion/Sedimentation Control Plan and Details, which comply with the New York State Standard Specifications. The components of an SWPPP are contained in Attachment 1 and the New York State Standard specifications and construction details for Erosion & Sedimentation Control may be found in the Manual or through the NYS DEC website. 

The New York State DEC has adopted stringent and detailed regulatory and enforcement measures to ensure compliance with the NPDES program. The City of Syracuse, as an MS4 meets or in many cases, exceeds these national standards. Through the compliance with these Standards, the College thus exceeds the standards for erosion and sedimentation control set forth in the NPDES program.

Further, in compliance with the City of Syracuse Municipal Stormwater Ordinance, the College shall enter an agreement to implement a long-term maintenance agreement for all permanent stormwater quality and quantity measures.

Further attachments follow which detail the preparation of an SWPPP, the inspection of erosion & sedimentation measures and the preparation of a long term maintenance plan.

Document ID#: ADM.023

Issue Date: 10/22/2010