Soil Conservation Program
The Soil Conservation Program at the Plant Materials Center leads conservation projects and provides plant science expertise and technical assistance to government agencies, contractors, land users, and the general public for the protection of soil resources.
What Are Best Management Practices (BMP's)?
Best Management Practices (BMPs) can be one of many different non-structural methods such as; schedules of activities, prohibition of practice, maintenance procedures and other management practices. BMPs can also be a number of structural systems such as, street sweeping, temporary seeding, vegetation buffers, diversion ditches and ponding measures. These methods and systems can be employed to prevent, treat, or manage pollution of storm water runoff and discharge to waters of the United States. BMPs may also include the control of spillage, leaks, sludge and waste disposal,and drainage from raw material storage sites.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) are plans that have been found to be effective in addressing erosion and sedimentation problems on construction projects larger than one acre in size. SWPPPs are based on best management practices (BMP’s), and are required for certain construction activities. The PMC can assist in preparing the vegetation component of a SWPPP.
For more information and a detailed description of BMPs and there performance based on Alaskan climate conditions, please refer to the Alaska Stormwater Guide .
For More Information Contact:
Soil and Erosion Control Specialist