Management of Stormwater and Sediment in Geauga County
Geauga County was the first county in Ohio to have these regulations. They were adopted in 1979 by the Geauga County Commissioners and have had numerous revisions and amendments since then. The purpose of the regulations is to protect the County’s water resources by ensuring that the proper stormwater and erosion and sediment control measures are in place. Erosion and sediment control measures are called Best Management Practices (BMP’s), and when installed and maintained correctly, they help prevent soil from leaving the site. Stormwater control measures ensure that the volumetric rate of stormwater runoff remains the same before and after development occurs.
- The regulations currently state:
- All construction sites where earth-disturbing activities are proposed on land disturbing one acre or more, or where earth-disturbing activities are proposed on sublots within platted subdivisions, must submit a Water Management and Sediment Control (WMSC) Plan.
- All Geauga County residents are responsible for knowing and complying with the regulations whether or not a plan is required.