Erosion is a process where rain runoff causes soil to be carried away. Soil particles from erosion are deposited into streams and other bodies of water (lakes, rivers, etc.). This can lead to problems such as destruction of fish habitats, degradation of drinking water supplies, clogged drainage facilities, road washouts and increased flood hazards.
Development and construction can lead to increased erosion rates throughout the city. Controlling erosion and water quality and developing procedures to manage construction sites to reduce off-site water pollution is a major concern. Every phase of a construction project can significantly contribute quantities of sediment-laden runoff. Therefore, as a site is developed, the City of Omaha requires that all who are associated with the project do their part to control erosion. Developers, builders, and architects are required to incorporate temporary erosion control measures into their building plans to address the runoff pollution which can be generated by land development.
For more information, and to learn how to apply for and submit a PCWP Grading Permit, please visit the Omaha Permix Website.