Providing the Best Environmental Outcome: The Right BMP in the Right Place

Shawn Tracy, Landscape Restoration Specialist, Metro Conservation Districts

As attention increasingly turns to ensuring that effective water improvements are being made, stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) have become an important tool in communities' clean-up efforts. In order to achieve the magnitude of clean-up requirements, these BMPs must help communities make substantial improvements. To address this efficacy issue, the Twin Cities' metro area Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) developed an urban stormwater analysis tool to identify the highest-value stormwater treatment options.

The analysis identifies subwatersheds, catchment areas, and specific locations to target specific BMPs, and builds from the Center for Watershed Protection's "Urban Stormwater Retrofit Practices Manual" and Minnesota's Stormwater Manual. It ultimately provides a multi-year, multi-scale implementation plan for watershed managers. This allows decision-makers to confidently direct funds and labor toward the right BMP in the right place--all leading to the best environmental outcome. Come learn how to maximize the performance of stormwater BMPs!

The Mississippi River Forum is made possible by the generous support of the Mississippi River Fund and the McKnight Foundation.

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Last updated: April 10, 2015

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