Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control
The Drain Commissioner also services as the County Enforcing Agency for Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control for Part 91 of Act 451, Public Acts of 1994, Section 9101 through 9123.
The purpose is to prevent Soil Erosion and Sedimentation and regulate Agricultural practices (only plowing and tilling are exempt) within Newaygo County, by requiring proper provisions for water disposal and the protection of soil surfaces during and after construction, in order to promote the safety, public health, convenience and general welfare of the county and natural resources of this state.
Any earth disturbance within 500 feet of any lake, river, stream, creek, drain, or watercourse, etc., of this county, or any grading stripping, excavation or filling of more than one acre of land, requires a permit issued by the County Drain Commissioner. Applications are to be filled our properly and submitted to the Drain Commissioner’s office for approval. Applications are available online.
The County Resolution (#08-022-03) was adopted by the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners on the 13th day of August 2003. All definitions, requirements, fee schedules (last 2 pages), responsibilities, variances, exceptions and enforcement are listed under Part 91 SESC.