Erosion & Sediment Control

Mud Slide Erosion and Sediment Control Programs strive to prevent problems such as this failure of a cut slope on a development site.
The Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District provides:

  • Technical assistance to county officials in the implementation of local Erosion and Sediment Control Programs (review of erosion and sediment control plans, inspection of construction sites, and the provision of bond estimates to county staff.)

  • Guidance to developers in preparing erosion and sediment control plans which meet State criteria.

  • Technical assistance to localities and developers in the development and implementation of stormwater management programs.

  • Technical assistance to property owners with drainage or conservation problems.

Virginia Erosion & Sediment Control and Stormwater Management guidance documents (including handbooks) can be found here.

Erosion & Sediment Control (ESC) Ordinances

The TJSWCD provides Louisa and Nelson Counties, the Town of Scottsville, and University of Virginia with assistance in administering their Erosion & Sediment Control Ordinances. The District reviews and approves plans, determines bond estimates, provides site inspections in Scottsville, and provides technical assistance and education to landowners, contractors, and county officials.

Louisa Shoreline Management Ordinance for Lake Anna

Louisa County administers a Shoreline Management Ordinance for Lake Anna as part of its Zoning Ordinance. The ordinance strongly encourages the use of non-structural stabilization techniques along the shoreline and encourages citizens and developers to use the local expertise of the Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District in developing creative methods to stabilize the shoreline and provide water quality protection. The preferred "Control Method" for protecting the lake's water quality is the maintenance of a 100' wide natural, forested buffer along the shoreline. "Alternative Control Methods" may also be used pending review and approval by the TJSWCD. One "alternative control" is a vegetated diversion with a rock outlet. Vegetation must include native shrubs, and applications of fertilizers and herbicides are prohibited within the berm and buffer areas.

Individual Locality Documents

Louisa County

Louisa Plan Review Checklist
Louisa Water Resource Areas Map
Louisa Stormwater Management Ordinance
Louisa Stormwater Technical Guidance Manual
Lake Anna Shoreline Guidance

Nelson County

Nelson Plan Review Checklist
Nelson Stormwater Maintenance Agreement
Nelson Stormwater Management Design Guidelines

Town of Scottsville and University of Virginia

Plan Review Checklist


Sediment Basin
A well-maintained sediment basin protects downstream waterways.