Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
April 2007
New Erosion and Sediment Control Rule Revisions

Revisions to the Commerce erosion control and post construction storm water rules become effective on April 1, 2007.

First of all, what's changing? Here is a list of what changed for erosion and sediment control in Wisconsin on April 1, 2007.

  • A $25.00 fee must be included with the submittal of an electronic NOI (Notice of Intent) for a commercial building site where one acre or more surface area will be disturbed during construction.

  • An additional fee will be charged for a paper submittal of an NOI and plan summary. The paper submittal of an NOI and erosion and sediment control plan summary may be necessary when the online NOI process is not appropriate for the site.

  • NOI submittals to Commerce for commercial buildings will not be accepted without a plan summary. This plan summary will state what methods are included in the erosion and sediment control plan for meetings the performance requirements of Comm 60. There are three options for this plan summary.
    1. The first is a completed soil loss analysis Excel spreadsheet that creates an answer that complies with the soil loss requirements in Comm 60. This soil loss standard is met by altering the time the site is open or by applying practices to the site.
    2. The second method is by complying with the time periods listed in the appendix tables A-60.20-1 and -2.
    3. The third summary includes the submission of an erosion control plan summary that meets the 80 percent reduction in sediment contained in runoff from the construction site.

  • All buildings constructed in Wisconsin that are under Commerce authority, including one- and two-family dwellings, are required to have an erosion and sediment control plan on site. The plan must meet the requirements of s. Comm 21.125 (3) or s. Comm 60.20(3), Wis. Adm. Code. In most cases, mandated practices create a compliant small site of less than one acre disturbed area.
  • All building sites of less than one-acre disturbed area must have the mandated practices implemented during the construction period. The mandated practices includes some form of perimeter control; a means to keep soil from leaving the site on vehicle tires; and onsite inlet protection.

-- Lynita Docken

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