Whenever earth and/or soil are moved in Washington County, to build a home, construct a road, harvest trees, grade a site, etc., the Washington County Soil Conservation District (WCSCD) is involved. Our primary role, under Urban Services, is to act as the review and approval authority for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control plans.
The Urban Program receives its funding from fees charged for plan review and field services. Beginning January 2008, we charge fees to cover the expenses associated with providing Pre-Construction and Final Closeout Reviews. Beginning December 15, 2013, we provide Interim Water Quality Inspections with no additional Field Service Fees charged. WCSCD has Memorandum of Understandings with the Maryland Department of the Environment to allow us to perform these duties. The fees enable the WCSCD to hire staff to review plans to meet the requirements of the current Standards and Specifications for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, as well as, conduct Pre-Construction Meetings, Interim Water Quality Inspections, and Final Site Closeout Reviews to better maintain field compliance.
The urban staff consists of Denise Price (Urban Program Director), Elmer Weibley (District Manager), Roger Thomas (District Engineer), Gary Johnson (Urban Plan Reviewer/Part-Time) and (Administrative Assistant).
Concept Plans, Site Plans, Standard Grading and Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plans, Plats, Preliminary Consultations, and Forest Harvest Operation Plans are reviewed for soil erosion and sediment control compliance, as well as, protection of sensitive areas, such as, streams, sinkholes, wetlands, and floodplains. The Sensitive Area Review is a service WCSCD provides to the Washington County Planning Department and the fees for this review, as well as, all other reviews and services are collected by their office.
Stormwater management ponds, which require District approval (per the Maryland Pond Standard 378), are typically reviewed by Roger Thomas for dam safety. His review ensures the plans conform to the Maryland specifications for pond construction.
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