Sedimentation is the product of uncontrolled erosion and is a significant pollutant to our lakes, streams, and drain systems. With construction being one of the major causes of erosion in Michigan, steps have been taken to control the amount of sedimentation that enters our waterways through Public Act 347 and Bay County Ordinance No. 33. Therefore, a soil erosion permit is required for an earth change that disturbs one or more acres according to P.A. 347, and less than one acre according to Ordinance No. 33.
The Soil Erosion Division is available to answer any questions concerning erosion control methods and to work with the public on new construction projects.