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Section 319 Best Management Practices


The term "best management practice" (BMP) applies to structural and management practices which are used in agriculture, forestry, urban land development and industry to reduce the potential for damage to natural resources from human activities. A BMP may be structural, that is, something that is built or involves changes in landforms or equipment, or it may be managerial, that is, a specific way of using or handling infrastructure or resources. BMPs should be selected based on the goals of a Watershed Plan or Pollution Control Strategy.

Primary sources for standards and specifications for BMPs appropriate to Delaware are listed below:

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service, Field Office Technical Guide
  • Delaware Nutrient Management Commission, Nutrient Best Management Practices booklet
  • DNREC, Delaware Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook
  • DNREC, Delaware Clean Marina Guidebook
  • The Delaware Forest Service offers assistance to landowners who wish to learn more about Forestry BMPs. Contact James Olson at (302) 698-4500.


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