(70 ILCS 405/36) (from Ch. 5, par. 138.3)
    Sec. 36. Guidelines. The Department shall, pursuant to subsection (8) of Section 6 of this Act, adopt and revise guidelines for erosion and sediment control. Before adopting or revising any guidelines, the Department must hold public hearings with respect thereto. At least 30 days notice of the hearing must be given by the Department in such manner as the Department considers as best suited to bring the hearing to the attention of soil and water conservation districts and of all other persons interested in the guidelines or proposed revisions. Like notice must be given by the Department to any person who has filed a request for notice of such hearings. Copies of the proposed guidelines or revisions must be made available to all those receiving notice of the hearing and to any other person, upon request.
    In developing its guidelines for implementing and administering the comprehensive State erosion and sediment control program, the Department shall:
    (a) base those guidelines on available relevant physical and developmental information concerning the watersheds and drainage basins of the State, including but not limited to, data relating to land use, soils, hydrology, geology, size of land area being disturbed, proximate water bodies and their characteristics, transportation, and public facilities and services;
    (b) include any survey of lands and waters as the Department considers appropriate, or as is required by any applicable law, to identify areas with erosion and sediment problems; and
    (c) include conservation guidelines for various types of soils and land uses, which guidelines shall include criteria, techniques and methods for the control of erosion and sediment resulting from land disturbing activities.
    The program and guidelines shall be made available for public inspection at the office of the Department and shall be provided to any person upon request.
(Source: P.A. 80-159.)