Soil Conservation Program
The Soil Conservation Program at the Plant Materials Center leads conservation projects and provides plant science expertise and technical assistance to government agencies, contractors, land users, and the general public for the protection of soil resources.
Policy & Regulation
Section 402 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) requires nearly all construction site operators that engage in construction activities, such as clearing, grading and excavating to obtain coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. Under the CWA, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) took primacy of the NPDES storm water program from the EPA on October 31, 2009. The EPA acts in an oversight role with the ADEC taking control over discharge permitting authority including responsibility for issuing and monitoring compliance with the permit terms, and taking enforcement action when necessary. The Alaska Construction General Permit reviewed by the ADEC Division of water (ACGP) authorizes storm water discharges from large and small construction activities that result in a total land disturbance of equal to or greater than one acre and where those discharges enter waters of the United States (U.S.) or a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) leading to waters of the U.S. The goal of the Alaska (ACGP) is to minimize the discharge of storm water pollutants from construction activities to waters of the U.S. For more information about ACGP and/or SWPPP’s please contact the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), Division of Water or the ADEC Division of Water's Storm Water web page.
Alaska Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead
AK-CESCL (Alaska Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead) is a training and certification program to enhance compliance with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Construction General Permit for storm water discharges. It is overseen by the Alaska Storm Water Steering Committee (ASWSC) to provide standardized training statewide. ASWSC is a collaboration of government agencies and contractor associations.
For More Information Contact:
Soil and Erosion Control Specialist