GUIDELINES / 1.0 Water Quality
1.1 Buffers and Land Management
Water quality goals may not be achievable with buffers unless the adjacent land uses are also managed for better water quality. There are many ways that pollutant loads can be reduced from adjacent land uses. Refer to other publications for guidance. See general considerations below.
In some cases, it may be that inappropriate land management practices in just a few areas within a watershed are contributing a majority of the water quality problems. Targeting better land management practices in these few, select areas may yield significant improvements (see 1.4).
General Management Considerations
- Manage land to reduce runoff and increase infiltration.
- Maintain vegetative cover as much as possible.
- Avoid potentially polluting activities on areas most prone to generating significant runoff.
- Minimize potentially polluting activities during times of year most prone to generating runoff.
- Use a system of upland buffers to reduce runoff and pollutant load to riparian buffers.