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Erosion & Sediment Control


Erosion & Sediment Control (ESC) in Abbotsford

The City’s Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) Bylaw No. 1989-2010 helps to reduce the amount of sediment-laden water entering the drainage system. The bylaw requires the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) on construction sites to ensure that site discharge water quality standards are met.

The bylaw applies to all sites where development activities are occurring which may cause sediment-laden water to enter the drainage system. Except where a farm activity is regulated by a City bylaw, (e.g. Building Permit or Soil Removal and Deposit Permit) this bylaw does not apply to development within the Agricultural Land Reserve.

The flow of sediment-laden water off construction sites has impacts on both Abbotsford’s drainage system and local streams. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of the City’s budget is directed to annual maintenance costs for removing sediment accumulations from Abbotsford’s drainage systems.

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Additional information about the ESC Bylaw

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ESC Submissions

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Education & Training Resources

Individuals working in the development industry are strongly encouraged to complete ESC training. Training courses are available locally through: 

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ESC Best Management Practices

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Specifications

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