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Erosion and sediment control (E&SC)

Erosion and sediment controls are necessary to keep mud and sediments contained on construction sites, thus preventing from being tracked onto roadways or washed into storm sewer system and local streams. Further information on specifications can be found in the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook.

The University of Virginia operates its own stormwater management and erosion and sediment control program, including plan review and administration, inspections and enforcement. The program is described in a document reviewed and approved by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Annual Standards and Specificatons for Stormwater Management and Erosion and Sediment Control for UVA and UVA’s College at Wise
Standards and Specifications approval letter

Construction General Permit (CGP)

CGPs are required for all land disturbing activities that are one acre or larger. The permit is issued by the DEQ and applies to the quality of runoff from construction sites. The CGP requires that the contractor develop and implement a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for the site. The SWPPP details how the contractor will comply with CGP requirements, including management of chemicals on site and development of E&SC and SWM Plans. The SWPPP must be maintained on site at all times and must include an inspection log of the E&SC inspections conducted by the contractor. UVA has developed a construction site SWPPP template Word document icon that contractors may download, customize, and use.

UVA is responsible for insuring compliance with the CGP and will conduct periodic compliance inspections and audits of the SWPPP without advance notice. It is important that the contractors keep up with inspection requirements and maintains the appropriate paperwork on site at all times. Contractor inspections are required to be conducted every four business days or every five days and within 48 hours of a measurable storm event. These inspections must be conducted by the contractor in addition to the E&SC inspections conducted by UVA personnel. DEQ is also authorized to inspect the site at any time.

At UVA, the contactor is responsible for submitting the registration statement and paying the associated fee. Registration for coverage under the CFG must be submitted to DEQ at least 30 days before the date upon which construction is scheduled to start. Do not wait until the last minute to apply for a CGP permit. The CGP must be approved BEFORE a project can break ground. Upon completion of the project, the contractor is required to terminate the permit. A notice of termination must be submitted to DEQ within 30 days of the completion of the project. Further information on the DEQ's CGP program can be found here. Dawson Garrod can be contacted at 243-5380, or via email:, with questions regarding CGP permits.

UVA E&SC and SWM Program personnel

Certified combined administrator

Dawson Garrod
Phone: (434) 243-5380

Kristin Carter
Phone: (434) 982-5034)

Certified inspectors

Brittany Olenslager
Phone: (434) 982-4901

Jess Wenger
Phone: (434) 982-5540