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June 22, 2014

FSU erosion, sediment-control policy approved

Separate from City of Fairmont

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont State University Board of Governors approved an erosion and sediment-control policy during its meeting last week.

The policy was implemented to fulfill requirements set forth from the Department of Environmental Protection, which mandated that FSU serves as its own Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System from that of the City of Fairmont.

Fairmont State’s Storm Water Management Program was approved Jan. 16 as part of the separation process. The institution was also responsible for creating an Erosion and Sediment Control Policy in order to be able to separate from the city.

The policy was developed to protect people and property while preventing environmental damage within the campus, according to a report submitted to the BOG.

It will also help guide and regulate construction or any activity that disturbs the topsoil or moves dirt within FSU’s property, the report said.

Soil and earth is more fragile during the construction process, and erosion resulting from that may reduce water quality in aquatic habitats and lead to the need for sewer repairs and dredging of lakes.

Loss of earth can also lead to a loss of native vegetation in that area.

Any construction activity that will disturb 5,000 square feet of land or more on campus will require an erosion and sediment-control plan, which is to be submitted to the university.

The plan must include what will be done to the construction site, including clearing land, installing infrastructure, building and then final landscaping. It also requires all measures be laid out that will be taken to control erosion and loss of sediment throughout the construction process and after the project is complete.

Soil must be stabilized within five days of clearing a site under the policy, and any kind of control measures involving planting vegetation must be carried out within two weeks.

Any sediment or dust on the site must be stabilized or covered at the end of each work day to prevent erosion and runoff.

Fairmont State then has 30 days to approve or deny the plan, or request changes.

If the university decides to inspect a site, it can send an agent to make sure all measures have been taken to control erosion and sediment and that those measures are effective.

The contractor running the site has 14 days to correct any problems found upon inspection. Fairmont State has the authority to bring in another contractor to correct what needs fixed.

The BOG has discussed the policy in previous meetings, and it was opened up for public comment for 30 days before approval.

During that time, the policy did not receive any public input.

The policy’s effective date is still to be determined.

Email Chelsi Baker at cbaker@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @cbakerTWV.

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