I was going to post about Ranger today. Instead, I have to see if, in the collective blogland, someone knows someone or something about erosion or the EPA or environment and could help me.
See, just about 8 year ago, I bought my house. And, turns out, there was a really large pipe in the back yard. Like 30 feet long. And there is no permit. The EPA found out (thanks to a neighbor) because the township didn’t care about it.
We found someone to remove it. Then he fell off the face of the earth. Then January we found someone else, but we needed to find a neighbor’s property for access. This is hard when we’ve never met the neighbor’s (back up to us at the edge of our 4 acres) and you have to drive to get to their driveway so it’s about 2-3 miles to their house by car. I mailed a note, but never heard anything. The one guys wife died so that might have been it? The other property the owner doesn’t live on the premises and there are tenants. Plus there is a minor issue of a STONE WALL. But, evidently this is my problem. Do you all know how expensive it would be to remove a 100 year old stone wall?
But now we’ve waited too long. And they’re mad. Because I should never have listened to their advice. Or ended up in the hospital nor should my husband (it was a bad spring and summer with 2 day long ER stays and 3 weeks of still being sick for me). But, I angered the PTB because I can’t be slow but they can wait 4-5 weeks to respond to me or not respond at all…
Anyway, if we can find access (we’re going to try and locate the neighbor and/or send a certified letter), the excavator can remove it. But, now the EPA wants:
Erosion and Sediment Control Plan.
Erosion and Sediment Control Plan (or E&S Plan) is a site-specific plan consisting of both drawings and narrative that identifies methods which will be used to minimize accelerated soil erosion and sedimentation (deposition of soil) before, during and after earth disturbance activities. It is a means to minimize the amount of soil (dirt) that could get washed into the stream during the excavation work that will be done during the removal of the pipe and boulder obstructions in the stream.
An E&S Plan could include methods such as a sandbag stream diversion, silt fence, filtersock, etc. Whomever will be doing the work to remove the obstruction will be responsible for following the Plan.
Does anyone know who or how I get that done? Anyone have experience? Can anyone help me in anyway so I can stop have a nervous breakdown?
Hey girl, drop me an email at estout18 (at) gmail.com I deal with E&S plans a lot through my work (USFWS) and may be able to provide you guidance, examples, and recommendations.
haha was going to suggest Liz or Eventer79 but Liz got here first!
YAY so glad the blogging world is here to help. I am very little help but a good ear to listen to you 🙂
Was going to suggest Liz too. Curious though. Why remove the pipe? Is it rotten? Did someone say you had to? I may have missed it in the post sorry
I wondered this as well. I don’t see what is wrong with the pipe.
PA EPA says we have to… basically it’s there illegally so it must be removed. It may have altered the course of the stream 15-40 years ago so we must remediate! Or it could change the course in the future…
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