Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act (Georgia)

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Place Georgia


   
Applies to States or Provinces Georgia
Name Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act (Georgia)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations, Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province



























Program Administrator Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Primary Website http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/cgi-bin/page.cgi?g=GEORGIA_DEPARTMENT_OF_NATURAL_RESOURCES/ENVIRONMENTAL_PROTECTION/EROSION_AND_SEDIMENTATION_CONTROL/index.html&d=1
Applicable Jurisdiction Statewide


Last Review 2014-09-15


Information Source http://www.getthedirtout.org/t_main.html, http://www.getthedirtout.org/pdf/8d_statewaters.pdf


Summary

The Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act (GESA) is designed to protect vegetated buffers. GESA establishes a minimum undisturbed, vegetated buffer of 25 feet for all streams in Georgia (measured from where vegetation is wrested by normal stream flow). Trout streams, both primary and secondary, require a minimum 50 foot undisturbed vegetated buffer. These buffer requirements are also incorporated into the General Construction Permit. Small trout streams with an annual flow of less than 24 gallons per minute (GPM) are exempt from the buffer requirements. Mining and agricultural activities are exempt from the buffer requirements. Ephemeral streams, streams that flow only during and after wet weather events and do not have a base flow from a groundwater source, are also exempt from buffer requirements. A project may obtain a variance from the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Director, which will exempt a project from the buffer requirements.

Storm water management ponds, which act as drainage structures, are exempt from the buffer requirements. .



Policy Contact

Contact Name Linda MacGregor
Department Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Division Environmental Protection Division
Address 4220 International Parkway Suite 101, Atlanta, GA, 30354



Phone 404-675-6232

Fax 404-675-6247


Contact Name Larry Hedges
Department Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Division Environmental Protection Division
Address 4220 International Parkway Suite 101, Atlanta, GA, 30354



Phone 404-675-6240

Fax 404-675-6245


     

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Georgia Code 12-7
Date Effective 2010-12-09



Authority 2: Environmental Rule 391-3-7
Date Effective 2010-12-09


















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