Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control

Why Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control is Important

Soil erosion is a major contributor to pollution in our waterways. Uncontrolled runoff during weather events, i.e., wind and rain, can move the soil off-site and into our lakes and streams. The dirt may move off-site through ditches, pipes or across the property and be deposited into a creek, stream or wetland.

Sediment can clog pipes and leave streets a muddy mess. It can destroy natural areas, wetlands, creeks and harm the plants and creatures living there. Residual sediment can damage habitat for insects and fish.

The State of Michigan enacted legislation to address this problem (Part 91 of Public Act 451). The Jackson County Health Department Environmental Health Division has the authority to enforce the Soil Erosion program for all of the Jackson County communities. The State of Michigan oversees all local programs and referrals, special concerns, and related pollution incidents.

Instructions for Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control

Soil erosion and sedimentation control permits are required for any earth disturbance in excess of one acre or within 500 feet of a lake or stream.

For more information on the soil erosion program (including applications), visit our Environmental Health Services page.


If you have any questions please call the Environmental Health Office at the Jackson County Health Department at 517-788-4433.