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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 10-2277


Availability of Technical Guidance

[40 Pa.B. 6844]
[Saturday, November 27, 2010]

 Technical guidance documents are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) web site at (DEP Keywords: ''eLibrary''). The ''Technical Guidance Final Documents'' heading is the link to a menu of the various Department bureaus where each bureau's final technical guidance documents are posted. The ''Technical Guidance Draft Documents'' heading is the link to the Department's draft technical guidance documents.

 The Department will continue to revise its nonregulatory documents, as necessary, throughout 2010.

Ordering Paper Copies of Department Technical Guidance

 The Department encourages the use of the Internet to view and download technical guidance documents. When this option is not available, persons can order a paper copy of any of the Department's draft or final technical guidance documents by contacting the Department at (717) 783-8727.

 In addition, bound copies of some of the Department's documents are available as Department publications. Check with the appropriate bureau for more information about the availability of a particular document as a publication.

Changes to Technical Guidance Documents

 Following is the current list of recent changes. Persons who have questions or comments about a particular document should call the contact person whose name and phone number is listed with each document.

Final Technical Guidance

 DEP ID: 394-5600-001. Title: Riparian Forest Buffer Guidance. Description: The Department published the proposed Riparian Forest Buffer Guidance (Guidance) at 39 Pa.B. 5663 (September 26, 2009), announcing a 60-day public comment period. Comments were received from 20 commentators through the public comment period and the Guidance was revised to address comments. Revisions to the Guidance include the addition of a section for definitions, many of which were taken directly from 25 Pa. Code Chapters 102 and 105 (relating to erosion and sediment control; and dam safety and waterway management). Also, diagrams were added to illustrate a variety of common scenarios on the measurement of riparian buffers inland from the shoreline of a lake, pond or reservoir and inland from the top of streambank or top of slope. In addition the Department added recommendations on the development of a riparian forest buffer management plan consistent with 25 Pa. Code Chapter 102.

 The Guidance outlines recommendations for installation and protection of riparian forest buffers that are useful in mitigating or controlling point and nonpoint source pollution to waters of the Commonwealth. The primary purpose of this guidance is to assist Department staff in providing and further developing general buffer recommendations for regulatory, voluntary and grant programs. It will also serve to assist any interested entities in: understanding the functions and values of riparian forest buffers and the importance of sustaining and enhancing riparian forest buffers; and in developing appropriate science-based guidelines or policies. Contact: Questions regarding the policy document should be directed to Diane Wilson at or (717) 772-5807.

 Effective Date: November 27, 2010.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 10-2277. Filed for public inspection November 24, 2010, 9:00 a.m.]

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