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Erosion Control and Stormwater Management

Erosion control and stormwater management

Draft 2018 erosion control specifications

Thank you for those who have commented on the 2018 specifications. We received a number of comments and have reviewed them, some of which we have incorporated into the final 2018 specifications. You can see the summary of comments and our response below.  Also included is the final language of those sections that are proposed for the 2018 specifications. 

As these specifications are implemented on construction projects, likely calendar year 2018, and if you find that there are gross errors and omissions, please contact us so that they can be addressed.     



We provide guidance for NPDES SWPPP documentation, turf establishment, specialty detail support, and special provision support. We also develop standard details, standard plans, and design guidance documents, and provide technical support for making design decisions, plan review, and permit compliance.


We are responsible for a quality control program for certified mulch, sod, and grass seed for MnDOT construction projects. This ensures that approved vendors and suppliers are supplying a quality product for projects reducing the need for constructions staff time collecting samples for testing, approving sources of product, and is conducted by the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association. We provide product substitution guidance, construction guidance documents for bmp implementation, field guidance for permit compliance (MPCA, MNDNR, and USACE), and approved products guidance for specification compliance, as well as technical support to help solve unique environmental construction problems, turf establishment concerns, and soil management issues.


We provide technical support for maintenance using traditional and non-traditional BMPs for the work, and provide field guidance for meeting NPDES MS4 and Construction Storm Water Permit requirements.

Programs and resources

We develop plans and procedures that promote cleaner project sites, and to protect the waters of the state during construction and maintenance activities.
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