Grading, Erosion & Sediment Control

Dependence on the natural resources of Maryland is unending—and so is the need to protect our environment. Acceptable erosion and sediment control plans must be designed to mitigate soil erosion, prevent increase in stormwater runoff, and minimize the discharge of pollutants. The Maryland Stormwater Management Act of 2007, and the 2011 Maryland Standards and Specifications for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, requires a comprehensive review process for approval of all erosion, sediment, and stormwater management plans. This process includes the submission and review of these plans for each of the following three phases of plan development:

  • Concept Plan
  • Site Development Plan
  • Final Plan

This manual is intended to be a reference guide for engineers, developers, reviewers, and inspectors; it will also be used by our plan reviewers to ensure consistency in the plan review process. Most importantly, it should be the basis for plan preparation and submittal by engineering consultants. Existing references have been updated and consolidated into one document.