How Programs can Motivate Developers to Implement Effective Construction Site Erosion Controls: A Comparison between Two Southeastern Metropolitan Regions
Although sediment and erosion control laws in Georgia have been in existence for over 20 years, sediment from construction sites continues to impact surface water quality. Developers are sometimes unaware of the most effective type or design of an erosion control for a given site. Therefore, the objective of this paper is to recommend programs to help developers implement the most effective erosion controls for construction sites through a comparison of existing programs in the Atlanta and Charlotte metropolitan regions. Both local municipalities and advocacy groups have developed programs to help developers implement the most effective erosion controls at construction sites. Most of these programs focus on educating the developer and its contractors. Recommendations for additional programs include continuing required education, the creation of a regional erosion/sedimentation authority, required monitoring, and the use of erosion control as a selling point.