Effective July 1, DEQ implements the statewide ESC Program according to the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Law, Regulations, and Certification Regulations. For a comparison on DCR and DEQ statutory sections, please see the document entitled: crosswalk.
Cooperative Program Implementation
The basis for program implementation is formed from the requirement for submission, review, approval, and proper execution of ESC "plans," or "agreements in lieu of plans" that identify all on-site ESC measures and policies. While property owners are ultimately responsible for ESC plan approval and implementation, responsibility for ensuring compliance extends to the developer, contractor, and consultant.
DEQ's ESC program staff oversees state and federal activities, a network of local/public officials operate ESC programs which regulate most private land-disturbing activity/projects. These public officials are required by law to obtain and maintain specific certification(s) related to individual job responsibilities; notably: a certified program administrator, plan reviewer and inspector.
To help local governments/officials meet this requirement, DEQ offers statewide training courses and certification exams in four subject areas: program administration, inspection, plan review and combined administrator.