County Perspective on Erosion and Sediment Controls

(Conservation Currents, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District)

“Inspection of our erosion and sediment controls and protection of downstream properties and the environment from erosion and sedimentation is our number one priority,” said Craig Carinci, Director of the county’s Environmental and Facilities Inspections Division. Carinci spoke on January 10 to a group of interested citizens at a Green Breakfast sponsored by the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District.

On any given day there are approximately 3,000 construction projects in the county, according to Carinci. Keeping tabs on all of those projects is difficult for the county’s 35 site inspectors. “In the first 11 months of 2003, we conducted 27,000 inspections,” Carinci said. But getting to each site as often as necessary is not possible. He said citizens can play an important role in monitoring construction sites from public roads, sidewalks and trails by reporting any sites that appear to be in violation of erosion and sediment control regulations.

“I’d love for the industry to treat erosion and sediment controls on their projects with the priority it deserves,” said Carinci. He wants developers and contractors to take a proactive approach, looking at the controls every day and fixing what is wrong instead of waiting until an inspector informs them they have a problem or issues a notice of violation or a stop work order. “We have a few developers who do this, but not enough,” he said.

To report suspected violations, call the Code Enforcement Branch at 703-324-1937, TTY 711. To have your name put on the Green Breakfast notification list, contact the NVSWCD office via e-mail.

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