Northeast Chapter IECA

Northeast Chapter IECA

Your Essential Best Management Practice

Erosion & Sedimentation Control in New England

Welcome to the Northeast Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA). Our organization is dedicated to partnering with individuals, businesses, universities, and organizations with a common goal of promoting erosion awareness and prevention. We work to incorporate practical, strategic solutions that prevent erosion, sedimentation, and stormwater damage.

Our Mission

Our mission is to unite people and organizations who are concerned with the environment into a proactive group that promotes erosion prevention.

Our Practice

We help facilitate the discovery, collection, preservation, and continuation of knowledge in order to implement effective methods of preventing erosion.

Photo 1: The Sediment Controls Were Put Up After the Site was Disturbed. Straw Bales in a Flow Channel?
Photo 2: Sediment Pond for a 16 Acre Area. The Outlet was Conveyed Over the Exposed Soil
Photo 3: Treatment of the Turbid Water Commenced Following the Issuance of an Enforcement Action.
Photo 4: One Wetland Mitigation Area - Creation of a Forested Wetland Along a Newly Constructed Stream Channel.
Photo 5: Four Culverts Were Daylighted for Mitigation - Stream Channel Construction.

Par for the Course – A Golf Course Reconstruction Project

A golf course in New England was purchased at auction and large-scale reconstruction efforts were needed to improve the aesthetics and usability of the course. All of the fairways, greens, tees were redesigned and reconstructed including the entire irrigation system. More than double the number of sand traps (bunkers) were constructed and a 16 acre area was opened up to reconstruct the driving range, which is located at the highest point on the parcel.

The general construction method included not phased earth moving activities without erosion of sediment control measures. No permits were sought, and the steep slopes contained high silt content soils that made stormwater management and erosion control extremely difficult. Work continued for approximately 11 months before a neighbor called the State wetlands agency to complain about the red water leaving the site. Understandably, an enforcement action followed the call and site review by the agency.

GZA assisted the owner in getting the site into compliance with the State and federal wetlands regulations. We prepared a Notice of Intent under the EPA’s Construction General Permit program in addition to several required activities including dye testing of all stormwater discharge points, design over an acre of wetland mitigation areas (i.e., wetland and stream creation), provide weekly inspections and reports for over two years to State and federal agencies involved in the enforcement.

After several years of course reconstruction and wetland mitigation implementation, the course is finally in compliance and the site is now stable. The fine was only issued at the State level and was more than $200,000. The consulting and the legal fees were significantly higher than the fine. The owner eventually finished the golf course, generally the way they wanted, but the cost of enforcement compliance activities was substantially more than anyone anticipated.