About the E & S Program

In order to protect the natural resources of the State, the Maryland General Assembly set forth in the Maryland Annotated Code of Regulations (COMAR), Environment Article, Subtitle 1. Sediment Control, Sec. 4-101 that the Secretary of the Environment, in consultation with the Secretary of Natural Resources adopt criteria and procedures for the counties and soil conservation districts to implement soil erosion control plans.

The outcome of that charge resulted in the development and adoption of the Maryland Standards and Specifications for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control. This document is overseen by the Maryland Department of the Environment in association with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and State Soil Conservation Committee. The Foreword of the Standards and Specifications states in a general overview the what, when, how, and where of erosion control.

It states:

At the onset, it is necessary to establish the fact that soil erosion and sediment control are only the overall management of stormwater during and after site development. As the original ground cover of a site is disturbed and removed, the runoff characteristics are modified. Velocities of flow are increased and the total runoff volume is also increased. Limited management of runoff during the construction phase is provided by sediment control practices. Runoff control after the site development is accomplished by means of permanent stormwater management practices such as infiltration trenches or ponds. The practices contained in these standards and specifications are designed to provide a protective transition from initial site disturbance until implementation of permanent stabilization and stormwater management facilities. The practices described herein are minimum requirements. Local concerns may require practices that are more restrictive than these minimum standards.

FOREWORD - Maryland Standards and Specifications for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control

In general, if earth disturbance activity is less than 5,000 sq. ft. and or less than 100 cu. yds., the activity is exempt from erosion and sediment control review and approval. There are various activities that require erosion and sediment control submittal, review, and approval. The following is a breakdown of disturbances and the type of erosion and sediment control plan required.

If the minimum thresholds listed below are reached, erosion and sediment control review and approval is required.




Standard Plan - Individual single family homes on lots < 2 acres OR commercially zoned property

5,000 sq ft and/or
100 cu yds

15,000 sq ft and/or
500 cu yds

Engineered Plan (site specific) - for any disturbance on lots ≥ 2 acres OR disturbance greater than 5,000 sq. ft. in the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area

21,780 sq ft (1/2 acre)
No minimum cu yds

No maximum

Forest Harvest

5,000 sq ft



5,000 sq ft


Before You Submit Your Plan…

Please download the files provided below for the Talbot SCD Erosion and Sediment Control program. This lists the minimum requirements for erosion and sediment control approval.

All Talbot SCD erosion and sediment control plan submittals are REQUIRED to include the Talbot SCD Project Data Sheet & SCD Plan Transmittal for M.D.E. sheet.

REQUIRED Forms (.PDF format)

Plan design blocks (.png format)

downloadable Documents

Erosion and sediment control plan requirements and assistance are available at the Talbot SCD office. Engineering firms are also a good source for erosion and sediment control plan development.

After you have submitted a plan it can take up to 30 days but no longer. If you need to know if your plan has been reviewed call and ask for Dale.

As of February 2019, all Erosion & Sediment Control plans must be submitted electronically to Dale Willson at dalel.willson@maryland.gov. All plans still required Project Data Sheet and M.D.E. Transmittal along with payment before its reviewed.

Contact the Talbot SCD office with any inquiries about erosion and sediment control requirements, and submittals:

Talbot Soil Conservation District
c/o Shawn Smith, District Manager
28577 Marys Ct Ste 3
Easton, MD 21601

NEW: Effective July 1, 2017, Plan approval is effective for three (3) years

E & S Review Fee Schedule

Type of Plan

Application Fee

Review Fee


Standard Plan $50.00 + $75.00 = $125.00
Engineered Plan $50.00 + $175/ac. * = $225.00
Forestry Plan $50.00 + $50.00 = $100.00
Shoreline Plan $50.00 + $50.00 = $100.00
Agricultural Plan $50.00 + $100.00 Flat Fee = $150.00
Town/Municipality/County Plan $50.00 + $100.00 Flat Fee = $150.00
Revision $25.00 = $25.00
Renewal (Before 3 year Expiration) - One time only $100.00 = $100.00


  • Engineered - Total disturbance is 3.1 acres on 10 acre lot. So disturbance is greater than 1/2 acre, so Full (site-specific) plan is required. Cost: 3.1 ac X $175 / ac = $542.50 + application fee ($50.00) = $592.50

  • Standard - Total disturbance is 7,000 sq. ft. on 1/2 acre lot. So disturbance is greater than 5,000 sq. ft., so Standard plan is required. Cost is $125.00.

  • Exempt - Total disturbance is 20,175 sq. ft. on 2.0 acre lot. So disturbance is less than 1/2 acre, so therefore exempt from Erosion & Sediment Control Plan.

  • Agricultural Plan - Ag structure (ex. poultry house, barns, etc.). Agricultural conservation practices that are implemented within an approved Soil Conservation and Water Quality Plan (SCWQP) are exempt from all E & S fees.

* See fee table for specific acre disturbance fee at the office.