Soil Erosion

The impact of soil erosion and sedimentation continues to be of great concern in areas undergoing construction activities. Improper management of these sites can result in pollution to the water resources of Oakland County.

The Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner's Office (WRC) is responsible for administering the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Act (See Soil Erosion Act, Part 91 of PA 451 of 1994, as amended.) The purpose of the legislation is to minimize erosion and control sedimentation to protect the water resources of the State. The WRC has been designated a County Enforcing Agency (CEA) by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (MDNRE) Land and Water Management Division to serve the communities in Oakland County that do not have a local Soil Erosion Control Program.

This program requires that anyone disturbing soil for construction or other earth disturbance to obtain a permit before work begins. A list of communities covered by the Water Resources Commissioner's Soil Erosion Program can be found on the permit application page.

On October 1, 2003, revisions to the Soil Erosion Program became effective. The revisions were approved by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners on July 31, 2003. A permit fee system was established based upon site classification. Sites are classified by location and the risk of potential erosion problems. Each site classification has an associated inspection frequency as indicated on the following table.

Restoring the Shore on Michigan Inland Lakes: A Demonstration Project on the shores of Gull Lake in Kalamazoo County, MI along with other useful links to additional resources on shoreline management.

County or Local Soil Erosion Permits

Any earth change/disturbance over one (1) acre in size and/or within 500 feet of a water of the state (including a lake, stream, wetland, or drain) within Oakland County needs a Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control (SESC) Permit.

For additional information about the Soil Erosion Control program and specific fee/classification inquiries, please contact the Soil Erosion Unit at 248-858-5389.