CESCL Inspection: Protecting Critical Areas / Wetlands & LID Features

By Bill Taylor

As construction of residential and public projects accelerate in the region, regulatory agencies are paying greater attention to project site erosion control. As a result, construction management oversight by Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) inspectors is increasingly being expected by local jurisdictions.

Working with our public sector clients, Raedeke Associates, Inc. is finding that CESCL inspections are increasingly tied not just to protection of receiving waters, but also to protection of critical areas (wetlands, streams, riparian buffers) and low impact development (LID) stormwater facilities. Critical areas and LID stormwater facilities are valuable components of development projects that can be impacted by sedimentation. Their protection is closely tied to the success of erosion control.

Rain gardens (bio-retention facilities), porous pavement, and other LID facilites that function to infiltrate stormwater, require protection from sediment coming from nearby construction activities that can cause clogging and loss of function. If sediment from a construction site is deposited into a wetland, WDOE has the authority to levy fines, or issue a stop work order. Recently, Raedeke Associates, Inc. assisted one of its clients in avoiding potential project delays and fines by identifying an erosion risk at a construction site soil stockpile and recommending appropriate BMPs to protect a nearby wetland.

Raedeke Associates, Inc. has two experienced, CESCL-certified stormwater and erosion control specialists (Bill Taylor and Kolten Kosters) who are supported by wetland scientists, landscape architects, and LID specialists to provide your construction management site inspection needs.