Breaking Ground or Breaking the Bank? Rules & Regulations for Erosion Control & the Cost of Not Preserving Soil
There’s a reason why it’s not common practice to preserve soils on a construction site. State and federal regulations put the burden of responsibility on the homeowner. They make it YOUR responsibility to educate yourself about methods of soil preservation, find solutions, and come up with a plan.
Most homeowners don’t have the time or resources to do this and so they rely on their builder to deal with all site development issues, though builders also are not encouraged to find and implement soil-saving techniques.
To make matters worse, if you don’t take on this responsibility, then you end up paying the extra cost for soil remediation. And if you and your builder don’t abide by the rules and regulations set forth by erosion control agencies, then you pay heavy fines and stop-work orders.
You may not be supported by current regulatory agencies or by typical site development practices, however you ARE supported by Pippin.
In this ninth post of the Regenerative Design series, I explain what the current rules and regulations are in NC for clearing land and I offer suggestions for taking responsibility for saving soil and money.
The Current Myopic View of Soil
Current government rules and regulations regarding soil conservation tend to only be in context to watershed preservation, NOT soil preservation. This is horribly misleading!
The North Carolina Sedimentation Pollution Control Act (SPCA) of 1973 was enacted to prevent pollution of waterways by sedimentation while still allowing development. This myopic view only sees soil as a pollutant and therefore soil is treated as such on nearly every construction site across the state.
Do not be fooled! Just because you and your builder follow the rules mandated by the SPCA it does NOT mean you’re successfully preserving or protecting soils. There are currently ZERO federal regulations for preserving and protecting soils on a construction site. Which means it’s up to YOU to demand that your soils be saved by implementing a regenerative site plan BEFORE breaking ground.
That being said, the SPCA was created for good reason and it’s equally important to preserve waterways.
I propose you do both; preserve waterways AND soils!