Chapter 15.10
CONSTRUCTION EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL

Sections:

15.10.010    Title.

15.10.020    Purpose.

15.10.030    Definitions.

15.10.040    Repealed.

15.10.050    Permit required.

15.10.060    Erosion prevention and sediment control plan.

15.10.070    Permit fee.

15.10.080    Construction site deposits on public streets and into storm drains.

15.10.090    Maintenance.

15.10.100    Falsifying information.

15.10.110    Stop work orders.

15.10.120    Penalties.

15.10.130    Enforcement.

15.10.140    Other remedies.

15.10.010 Title.

This chapter shall be known as the construction erosion and sediment control ordinance of Marion County. [Ord. 1307 § 1, 2010.]

15.10.020 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to minimize the amount of sediment reaching waterways, wetlands, and the public storm drainage and surface water system for the duration of construction site activities. [Ord. 1307 § 2, 2010.]

15.10.030 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the following words shall have the following meanings:

“Applicant” means the owner of real property or the owner’s authorized agent. “Applicant” includes any person who would be required to obtain a Marion County permit or exemption approval, but who neglects or otherwise fails to do so.

“Authorized agent” means the developer, architect, contractor, engineer, builder, personal representative, or anyone designated by the owner to have control or supervision of a site involving construction site activity.

“Construction site activity” means ground disturbing activities at a location where a Marion County permit or exemption approval is required.

“Director” means the director of public works or the director’s designee.

“Emergency” has the same meaning as found in ORS 401.025.

“Erosion” means the wearing away of the ground surface, or the movement, detachment or dislocation and transport of sediment including soil particles by the action of water or wind.

“Exemption approval” means an exemption from the requirement to obtain a building permit for an agricultural building.

“Ground disturbing activities” means any activity that exposes soil, including, but not limited to, grading, excavating, filling, clearing, or working of land at a particular location.

“High-risk area” means an area that the board of commissioners has established by order to be at high risk for erosion or sediment dispersal to a water body due to the following conditions: erosive soils, steep slopes, or close proximity to a water body.

“Large development ground disturbing activities” means any activity that exposes soil covering one acre or more of land surface area, either in isolation or as part of a subdivision, partition, or planned unit development, including, but not limited to, construction, landscaping, removal of vegetation, stockpiling of soil or construction debris, grading, filling, excavating, trenching, drilling, transport or fill, or utility work at a particular location.

“Public storm drainage and surface water system” means natural or manmade drainage courses for the conveyance of surface water.

“Sediment” means finely divided loose material that can be suspended and transported in water or air and may originate from disturbed soil, landscaping, or construction activities or materials.

“Storm event” means one-half inch or more of precipitation in a 24-hour period.

“Stormwater management area” means an area designated as a stormwater management area by the Department of Environmental Quality. [Ord. 1316 § 3(I), 2011; Ord. 1307 § 3, 2010.]

15.10.040 Exempt activity.

Repealed by Ord. 1316. [Ord. 1307 § 4, 2010.]

15.10.050 Permit required.

A. An erosion prevention and sediment control permit is required inside a stormwater management area if construction site activity takes place within a high-risk area.

B. A large development erosion prevention and sediment control permit is required inside a stormwater management area for large development ground disturbing activities. [Ord. 1316 § 3(II), 2011; Ord. 1307 § 5, 2010.]

15.10.060 Erosion prevention and sediment control plan.

A. An erosion prevention and sediment control plan is required for all erosion prevention and sediment control permits. The plan must be submitted by the applicant and approved by the director for issuance of the erosion prevention and sediment control permit, prior to the issuance of a Marion County permit or exemption approval and commencement of ground disturbing activities. The plan must contain protection techniques that will eliminate runoff siltation created from the construction activity both during and after construction. Site-specific considerations shall be incorporated.

B. The county may require that the applicant design and construct a temporary drainage system that will ensure any off-site impacts caused by the construction site activity can be mitigated.

C. The department of public works may perform inspections to ensure compliance with this chapter at the discretion of the director. [Ord. 1307 § 6, 2010.]

15.10.070 Permit fee.

The county may establish a fee for review of plans and inspections required by this chapter by order of the board of commissioners. The board of commissioners shall set the fee to recover the public works department costs of providing an applicant’s erosion prevention and sediment control permit, inspections, and plan review. [Ord. 1307 § 7, 2010.]

15.10.080 Construction site deposits on public streets and into storm drains.

No person shall cause or allow visible and measurable erosion or sediment related to construction site activity inside a stormwater management area as defined herein to enter the public storm drainage and surface water system. Any person causing visible and measurable erosion or sediment shall immediately abate or remove it. The removal shall be accomplished by hand labor or approved mechanical means. [Ord. 1307 § 8, 2010.]

15.10.090 Maintenance.

A. The applicant shall maintain all erosion and sediment control measures in proper functioning order for the duration of the ground disturbing activities or until adequate ground cover has been established.

B. The applicant shall inspect, maintain, adjust, repair, and replace erosion and sediment control measures as necessary within 24 hours following a storm event to ensure that the measures are functioning properly.

C. During active ground disturbing activity, the applicant shall inspect and maintain erosion and sediment control measures weekly or within 24 hours of a storm event. [Ord. 1307 § 9, 2010.]

15.10.100 Falsifying information.

No person shall knowingly make any false statement, representation, or certification in any application, record, report, plan, or other document filed or required to be maintained pursuant to this chapter. [Ord. 1307 § 10, 2010.]

15.10.110 Stop work orders.

A. In the event there is a violation of this chapter and it is necessary to obtain compliance with this chapter, the director may issue a stop work order requiring that all work, except work directly related to the elimination of the violation, be immediately and completely stopped. If the director issues a stop work order, the applicant shall not resume work until such time as the director gives specific approval in writing. The stop work order shall include:

1. The date of the stop work order;

2. The erosion prevention and sediment control permit and/or permit or exemption approval number if applicable;

3. The site address, legal description or location applicable to the stop work order;

4. A description of all violations; and

5. The conditions under which the work may resume.

B. The stop work order shall be in writing and posted in a conspicuous location at the site. Other means of communication of the stop work order may be exercised in the discretion of the director.

C. No person may remove, obscure, mutilate or otherwise damage a stop work order.

D. A stop work order shall be effective upon posting or upon verbal delivery under subsection (E) of this section.

E. When an emergency condition exists, the director may issue a stop work order verbally. A written stop work order shall be posted in a conspicuous location at the site within 24 hours of the verbal order. [Ord. 1307 § 11, 2010.]

15.10.120 Penalties.

A. Any person who is cited for a violation of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not more than $500.00 for a noncontinuing violation and a fine of not more than $1,000 for a continuing violation.

B. Each day that this chapter is violated shall constitute a separate violation. [Ord. 1307 § 12, 2010.]

15.10.130 Enforcement.

The provisions of this chapter are enforceable pursuant to Chapter 1.25 MCC. [Ord. 1307 § 13, 2010.]

15.10.140 Other remedies.

The provisions of this chapter are in addition to and not in lieu of any other procedures and remedies provided by law including equitable relief and damages. [Ord. 1307 § 14, 2010.]