The Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain and improve the natural resources and environment in Lorain County.


Agricultural Center
42110 Russia Road
Elyria, OH 44035-6813
Phone: 440.326.5800
FAX: 440.326.5807

NPDES – Phase II
Erosion & Sediment Control Rules
of Lorain County

Effective – June 29, 2008
Addendum – November 19, 2009

Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District
Fax: 440-326-5807

Lorain County Engineer
Fax: 440-328-5587

The Lorain County Stormwater Management Committee was formed in December 2007 to implement NPDES–Phase II for Lorain County so we can be in compliance with Ohio EPA and the U.S. Clean Water Act of 1972.

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is part of the requirements for the U.S. Clean Water Act of 1972, a structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States. Under the Act, the EPA has implemented pollution control programs such as setting wastewater standards for industry and has set water quality standards for all contaminants in surface water. The NPDES permit program controls discharges.

Compliance with the county Erosion And Sediment Control rules:

Submit the Erosion And Sediment Control Plan Review Application Form (55 KB) to the Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District in order to apply for a plan review. Fees as documented in the fee schedule (see below) must accompany the application.

The Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) Checklist for Construction Activities in Lorain County (113 KB) is a checklist also helpful for creating the Erosion and Sediment Control Plan. Items on this checklist should be a part of plan design to help prevent deficiencies. This checklist will be used when Lorain SWCD reviews all SWP3 and ESC Plans.

In summary, the ESC Rules have been adopted to establish technically feasible and economically reasonable standards to achieve a level of management and conservation practices in order to abate soil erosion and degradation of the waters of the State by soil sediment on land used or being developed for non-farm commercial, industrial, residential or other non-farm purposes, to establish criteria for determination of the acceptability of such management and conservation practices and/or best management practices (BMPs). These rules apply to soil-disturbing activities on land within the unincorporated areas of Lorain County.

For further information, please download the Lorain County Erosion & Sediment Control Rules and related fee schedule (2.5 MB).

To help understand the type of components required in an ESC Plan, download the document Checklist for Preparation of ESC Plan for Submission to Lorain SWCD (76 KB).

For changes/updates to your ESC Plan, please download the SWP3 Amendment Log Sheet (24 KB). Please submit all changes/updates to Lorain SWCD.


August 16, 2017