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Sediment can clog pipes and leave streets a muddy mess. It can destroy natural areas, wetlands, creeks, and harm the plants and creatures living there. Residual sediment can damage habitat for insects and fish.
The State of Michigan (Part 91 of Public Act 451 of 1994) enacted legislation to address this problem. The Clinton County Building Department has the authority to enforce the Soil Erosion program for many Clinton County communities. The State of Michigan oversees all local programs and referrals, special concerns, and relation pollution incidents.
As a new homeowner, you now have that responsibility until your lot has permanent vegetation and landscaping in place.
If your home had a permit as part of your property purchase, you should have received a permit transfer making it your responsibility to maintain the control measures and ensure they function properly, according to the plan your builder submitted for the permit. If your home had a waiver, you still must maintain or install controls to stop soil from eroding off your site. Checklists, Forms, Permits, and Worksheets Page
The Soil Permit Transfer form with original signatures, then needs to be submitted to the Clinton County Building Department. The transfer will be complete upon an approved site inspection. A permit cannot be transferred if there are any outstanding balances or violations against the permit. Permit Transfer Information Form (PDF)