In 2001, Pitt County's Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program won the Local Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program Award for Outstanding Local Programs, which is sponsored by the North Carolina Sedimentation Control Commission. This award identifies the County's program as being exemplary in the state.
Sedimentation Pollution Act
In 1973, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted the Sedimentation Pollution Act, which required land-disturbing activities to comply with certain erosion and sediment control guidelines. Pitt County prides itself in having its own local Erosion and Sediment Control Program. The Pitt County Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance regulates certain land-disturbing activities to control accelerated erosion and sedimentation in order to prevent the pollution of water and other damage to lakes, watercourses, and other public and private property.
Land disturbances of one (1) acre or more require the submittal, review and approval of a soil erosion and sediment control plan. These plans are submitted to the Pitt County Planning Department to ensure compliance with the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance. In addition, Planning staff makes numerous site inspections to ensure continued compliance with the regulations, even while structures are being built.