BIA COVID-19 AFTERNOON UPDATE | 4/8/2020

BIA members,
 
Recently I’ve gotten lots of questions regarding MSD requirements. I reached out to Bob Stauble at MSD.
 
Below is the response.
 
RESPONSE FROM MSD:
 
MSD has received questions recently concerning the additional requirement for permittees/ builders to add temporary stabilization to their lots in addition to traditional best management practices (bmps), (i.e. silt fence). As the administering agency responsible for ensuring compliance with the Louisville & Jefferson County Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Ordinance, I would like to address those questions with the following information.
 
MSD staff spends a significant amount of time and resources to ensure compliance and address customer complaints related to sediment in roads or on adjacent property. Inspections are documenting a general lack of maintenance of silt fence as a factor in allowing sediment to leave the site. In addition, many permittees/ builders wait until MSD inspection staff writes a Field Correction Notice before performing bmp maintenance. This often results in work stoppage and fines to the builder and additional work on MSD staff to document as required.
 
As a result, MSD has started requiring adding temporary stabilization to areas of lots that can allow sediment to leave the site. This requirement is allowed per section 159.03(B)(5) of the Ordinance which states “Where construction or land disturbance activity will or has temporarily ceased on any portion of a site, temporary site stabilization measure shall be required as soon as practicable, but no later than 14 calendar days after the activity has ceased.”
 
The additional stabilization requirement is NOT a complete lot stabilization and will be limited to small areas of lots with the following conditions:
  1. Lots with severe slopes towards ditches, adjacent property or road.
  2. Areas of lots disturbed for long periods of time that receive a NOV for sediment leaving the site due to lack of bmp maintenance.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing me at bob.stauble@louisvillemsd.org.
 
Bob Stauble, CPESC
MSD | Construction Inspection Manager
 
 
Please let me know if you have issues or other questions.
 
We’re here to help.
 
Be safe out there,
 
 
Juva
 
Juva Barber
BIA of Greater Louisville
502 458 0032 – mobile
 
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