Why have I got to do all this stuff, just for a little mud?

Society has deemed that water resources are worth protecting. Sediment is the largest pollutant by volume to our nation’s waterways. Sediment can fill up ponds, it can destroy aquatic habitats, fine particles of sediment can carry biological and chemical contaminants great distances and sediment can be costly to treat with regards to public water sources. Also, public properties such as state roads must be protected from “mud slicks” because mud on the road can greatly reduce pavement friction and that could lead to motor vehicle accidents. Also, private properties below land-disturbing activity must be protected from deposits of sediment. It is considered “damage” to someone’s property if you place sediment there by any means.

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1. What is a regulated land-disturbing activity?
2. Isn’t farming exempt?
3. When did this exemption begin?
4. What am I supposed to do?
5. Why have I got to do all this stuff, just for a little mud?
6. If I disturb less than required for a permit, do I still have to do anything?
7. How long have I got to get grass growing or put gravel down?
8. Can I go ahead and start work without plan approval or a permit as long as I stay under the permitting threshold?
9. Can I at least begin cutting trees?
10. What do you mean that’s trout water a trout can’t live in that trickle?
11. What if I start work before I get a Land-Disturbing Permit?
12. Does my permit ever expire?
13. When I finish my project, do I need to do anything?
14. Doesn’t the county have a storm water ordinance?
15. I’m in the Town of Clyde. Can you inspect the neighbor’s bad work?