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Government BMPs

Public Sector Strategies for Sustainable Development

Government Best Management Practices (BMPs) embody a unified strategy to protect water quality and manage stormwater runoff, addressing the challenges posed by urbanization and agriculture. These BMPs incorporate a spectrum of methodologies, ranging from Erosion Control and Filtering Practices to the implementation of Wet Ponds or Wetlands, alongside Forest Buffer and Forest Planting initiatives aimed at preserving natural habitats vital for pollutant filtration and ecosystem services. Efforts to reduce Impervious Surfaces, coupled with Nutrient Management Plans, play a significant role in curtailing runoff and nutrient pollution. Additionally, strategic Tree Planting and sustainable Forest Harvesting Practices are integral for land use sustainability and biodiversity conservation. Virginia also prioritizes Non-Urban and Urban Stream Restoration to rejuvenate streams, enhancing their stormwater management capabilities and supporting aquatic life. These comprehensive BMPs underscore Virginia’s commitment to environmental stewardship, community resilience, public health, and the sustainable management of its natural landscapes, setting a benchmark in green solutions and ensuring the environmental well-being of future generations.

Types of Government BMPs

  • Erosion Control
  • Filtering Practices
  • Forest Buffer
  • Forest Planting
  • Impervious Surface Reduction
  • Nutrient Management Plan
  • Tree Planting
  • Wet Ponds or Wetlands
  • Forest Harvesting Practices
  • Non-Urban Stream Restoration
  • Urban Stream Restoration