Erosion and Sediment Control

Earthwork and construction activity disturbs soil and creates blowing dust and sediment. Runoff from construction site activity often flows into streets, gutters, inlets, then through drainage ways into area waterways.

If a site is poorly managed, sediment and waste runoff from construction sites can be deposited on adjacent property, drainage ways, and stormwater holding basins. In many cases it is extremely expensive to remove these sediment deposits. Experience has shown that it is much more cost effective to install and maintain adequate erosion and sediment control measures that it is to remove sediment from off site areas. Erosion and sediment control is also required by City ordinances.


These regulations shall apply to all construction activity within the corporate limits of the City of Lincoln and the land outside of the corporate limits designated as Tier I in the Lincoln City/Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan (Lincoln Municipal Code, Section 28.01.20).

Notice of Intent (NOI) and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan

Prior to land disturbance of sites one (1) acre or greater in size, a Notice of Intent (NOI) and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for erosion and sediment control must be submitted. Prior to beginning construction activity, authorization through an INOI permit is required for erosion and sediment control of individual lots (mostly residential) that are part of a larger common plan of development (subdivision).

Drainage Criteria Manual

Chapter 9 - Erosion and Sediment Control(PDF, 1MB)

Lincoln Design Standards

Section 2.05 - Stormwater Drainage Design Standards

Section 11 - Erosion and Sediment Control


NPDES Construction Stormwater General Permit

NDEE Permit NER210000 (PDF, 453KB) - requirements for discharges from construction sites


2023 Stormwater and Erosion & Sediment Control Seminar

Each year the City of Lincoln’s LTU Watershed Management Division provides education regarding erosion and sediment control compliance for the building community. Watershed Management held a public meeting on January 26, 2023 at the Lancaster County/UNL Extension Office. Please see the agenda(PDF, 731KB) for a list of presentations.

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If you have any questions regarding any of the presentations please contact us at Watershed staff will address questions via email. Additionally, we will add those questions relevant to all to the Frequently Asked Questions document on our website.

Presentations provided last year:

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