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.

2011 Maryland Standards and Specifications for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control


Disturbance Minimum

Disturbance Maximum

Forest Harvest

5,000 sq ft



5,000 sq ft


Standard Plan - for individual single family homes on lots < 2 acres

5,000 sq ft and/or 100 cu yds

15,000 sq ft and/or 500 cu yds

Full Plan (site specific) - for any disturbance on lots > 2 acres

21,780 sq ft (one half acre) - No minimum cu yds

No maximum

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)

misc. Documents (.PDF format)

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.

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

Talbot SCD, 28577 Marys Ct Ste 3
Easton, MD 21601
410-822-1577 x 3

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
Full 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) $100.00 = $100.00

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

The Standard Plan listed above is a printed, numbered, one-page, front and back document prepared by the Talbot SCD. This document/form can be requested from the Talbot SCD office.