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BMPs

Best Management Practices (BMPs) are suggestions to landowners on how they can continue to use their land while maintaining the environment. BMPs are especially important to consider where the soil is disturbed, like in farm and construction situations. (See Explore More Working Landscapes–best of agriculture in agriculture issues.) Landowners contact their county Soil and Water Conservation District for a site assessment, which helps them determine which practices would work best on their land. Sometimes there is even money available to help reduce the cost to the landowner. BMPs include:

Farmland

No-till farming
Terracing
Buffer strips
Contour plowing
Grassed waterways

 

Construction Sites

Silt fences
Sodding or seeding of disturbed areas
Mulched or graveled roadbeds

 

 

 

 

 


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