Best Management Practices

What are Best Management Practices (BMP's)?

Best Management Practices (BMPs) are schedules of activities, prohibitions of practices, maintenance procedures, and other management practices designed to prevent or reduce the pollution of waters of the United States. BMPs also include treatment requirements, operating procedures, and practices to control plant site runoff, spillage or leaks, sludge or waste disposal, or drainage from raw sewage. BMPs may include structural devices or nonstructural practices.

The EPA has composed a National Menu of Best Management Practices (BMP's) for Stormwater Phase II. The menu is intended to provide guidance to regulated small MS4s as to the types of practices they could use to develop and implement their storm water management programs. The menu is intended as guidance only. The menu of BMPs is based on Phase II's six minimum control measures.

Additional Information: Storm Water Phase II Compliance Assistance Guide (EPA)