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Stormwater runoff can cause soil erosion creating sediment deposits that negatively impact the water quality of District rivers and streams, limiting recreation opportunities, and hurting fish and wildlife. In the District of Columbia, a Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plan is required as part of the building permit process for construction and redevelopment projects that clear, grade, or in any way disturb the earth's surface. The purpose of this plan is to minimize erosion to prevent sediment pollution from entering the Potomac River, the Anacostia River, their tributaries, and the District's sewer system. The Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plan shows the site's existing topography, indicates how it will be altered, identifies the control measures that will be installed, and describes how and when these controls will be implemented and maintained.