Erosion and Sediment
Control (E&SC) Program
Program Manager Contact Information:
E&SC Program Manager | 252-466-3631
The intent of the E&SC Program is to prevent or reduce erosion and the discharge of sediment into surface waters surrounding Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point. Sedimentation occurs when accelerated erosion is being transported and deposited offsite or into bodies of water, principally from construction sites. The goal of the E&SC Program is to ensure that development occurs on the Air Station with the least detrimental effects from pollution by sedimentation. The E&SC Program is implemented in close association with other programs such as the Stormwater Management Program, which is also tasked with the prevention or minimization of water pollution and maintenance of the Air Station’s water resources.
Marine Corps policy requires that all Marine Corps installations and activities comply with all applicable environmental requirements, which may include Federal, state, local, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Navy (DON), Marine Corps, and MCAS Cherry Point rules, regulations, and requirements. Legal and other environmental requirements related to the E&SC Program are maintained on the EM Portal.
A complete description of the responsibilities of the E&SC Program is available on the EM Portal. The primary components of MCAS Cherry Point’s E&SC Program include:
Implementation of site-specific E&SC plans
Evaluation of construction sites
Control of Air Station and Outlying Fields erosion and sedimentation
Site-Specific E&SC Plans
As required by the North Carolina Sedimentation Pollution Control Act of 1973 and 15A North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) 4B, Sedimentation Control, land developers such as MCAS Cherry Point must plan and implement effective temporary and permanent measures to prevent accelerated erosion and off-site sedimentation. This planning requirement is satisfied by site-specific E&SC plans. An E&SC plan must be developed for land-disturbing activity on tracts which cover one or more acres.
Each E&SC plan is submitted for approval at least 30 days prior to beginning the land-disturbing activity. Following any necessary plan revisions and approval, a Certificate of Plan Approval is issued, which must be posted at the job site for the duration of the project. The approved E&SC plan must also remain on file at the job site.
Construction Site Evaluations
Once the land-disturbing activity has begun, the E&SC Program Manager will evaluate Best Management Practice compliance with the site-specific E&SC plan approval and contractor phased “self-inspection” reports required under General Statute 113A-54.1. The E&SC manager will also work in tandem with the EAD Stormwater Manager to conduct inspections to evaluate contractor compliance with the project’s National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for discharges associated with construction activities.
If during an erosion and sedimentation evaluation, visible sedimentation is observed to be leaving the disturbed limits of the site, the E&SC Program Manager must inform the contractor of the situation. The E&SC Program Manager will ensure that corrective action is implemented in a timely manner and documented on the contractor inspection reports.
Air Station and Outlying Fields E&SC
The Air Station and outlying fields should be inspected at least quarterly to identify erosion and sedimentation problems. Inspections should be increased following storm events. If erosion and sedimentation problems are identified, corrective action measures should be implemented. Work requests for E&SC projects should be developed by the E&SC Program Manager and submitted to the Public Works Department (PWD) ticket center for implementation.
There are no additional training requirements specific to this program.
The risk of negative environmental impacts from MCAS Cherry Point operations may be assessed by analyzing the practices that occur at the facility. Aspects are the characteristics of these practices that can cause an impact to the environment or other resource. It is Marine Corps policy that all Marine Corps installations identify and assess the environmental risk of the practices and aspects associated with each environmental program. Significant practices and/or aspects associated with this program include:
When necessary, objectives and targets (O&T) are developed in order to minimize the environmental risks posed by the facility’s practices and to track progress towards achieving environmental goals. Any O&Ts related to the E&SC Program and their associated actions to improve performance are maintained on the EM Portal. Currently, there are no O&Ts associated with this program.
Please refer to the sections on Construction Site Evaluations and Air Station and Outlying Fields E&SC for more information regarding inspections required under this program.