Best Management Practices

Photo of concrete drain running into a ditchBest Management Practices (BMPs) are techniques used to control stormwater runoff, sediment control, and soil stabilization, as well as management decisions to prevent or reduce nonpoint source pollution. The EPA defines a BMP as a "technique, measure or structural control that is used for a given set of conditions to manage the quantity and improve the quality of stormwater runoff in the most cost-effective manner."

Photo of a bushy curbsideThese practices in combination with proper implementation and training are extremely effective in protecting your property, the environment, and the community from the harmful effects of stormwater runoff.

Maintenance of Best Management Practices

Photo of a drain running into a small creekThe cost of improperly maintained Best Management Practices (BMPs) can be devastating to a property and the surrounding community. Improperly maintained BMPs not only decrease in efficiency of removing pollutants, they also create environmental hazards (such as flooding and contamination), placing an owner or property manager at risk for liability.

Maintaining BMPs often falls in the hands of the owner, developer, or site occupant. Local or state ordinances may dictate the responsibility of maintenance and inspections to a particular party to ensure proper monitoring is taking place. An effective maintenance program will extend the life of stormwater controls and BMPs, avert expense repair costs and prevent adverse downstream impacts.

To protect your property and the environment, learn about the maintenance costs of BMPs and the questions you should ask before you install a BMP.