2 Apr 2001

Tennessee Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook:

Construction activities near streams, rivers and lakes often result in water pollution and stream degradation if erosion and sediment controls are not properly installed and maintained. The Tennessee Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook is intended as a resource for planners, engineers, contractors, and land developers during design and construction of projects requiring erosion and sediment controls to protect waters of the state.


The material herein supplements the regulatory requirements of two programs in particular, administered by the Division of Water Pollution Control: the Stream Alteration/Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit (ARAP) and the General NPDES Permit for Storm Water Discharges from Construction Activities. The planning, design and

installation criteria contained herein briefly describe requirements expected to be submitted with reports, plans, and/or specifications for projects submitted to and reviewed within the Department's water programs.


Additional copies of the handbook, if available, may be obtained from the Department's Environmental Assistance Centers (EAC's) located across the state or from the Central Office at the following address:

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Division of Water Pollution Control

6th Floor, L&C Annex

401 Church Street

Nashville, TN 37243-1534



A new General NPDES Permit for Storm Water Discharges from Construction Activities was issued by the Division on June 27, 2000, and became effective July 1, 2000. The new permit has significant new requirements, including the preparation of a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for all sites. A new Erosion and sediment Control Handbook, as well as a guidance document for the preparation of SWPPP's, are planned. In the meantime, the Division wants this Handbook to be as widely available as possible. Initiated by efforts of Terry Templeton, of the Division of Water Pollution Control in the Memphis Environmental Assistance Center, it has been recompiled and placed on the Department's Web site at  www.state.tn.us/environment/water.htm




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