Public Comment sought for the Draft Update of the NYSDEC Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control (AKA the “Blue Book”)


IMG_7621 (756x800)The purpose of the “Blue Book” document is to provide minimum standards and specifications for meeting criteria set forth by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for stormwater discharges associated with construction activity. The standards and specifications provide criteria on We minimizing erosion and sediment impacts from construction activity involving soil disturbance.

The current technical standard is now ten years old and needed updating to address EPA’s Effluent Limitation Guidelines published on December 1, 2009, advancements in technology,  and issues that have been identified by stakeholders (e.g. private sector consultants, other governmental agencies, etc.) that use the document.

A copy of the draft technical standard is available on DECs website at:

Written comments on the draft standard must be submitted by close of business on March 25, 2016 to:; or the contact listed below. Note: If submitting comments by e-mail please indicate “Blue Book Updates” in the “Subject” line.

Contact: Dave Gasper, P.E., NYS DEC – Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3505, E-mail:

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