4.8 Best Management Practices

Goal 8 - Best Management Practices

Improve water quality by promoting best management practices (BMPs), requiring their adoption in local plans and their implementation on development sites.

Discussion

This plan and District regulations stipulate the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce stormwater volumes and pollutant loadings, but do not prescribe which practices should be used.  This allows the LGU and developers the flexibility to implement those that are most appropriate for local conditions and opportunities.  A key strategy for plan implementation is providing early consultation with and technical assistance to and education of stakeholders including city staff, residents, and developers to increase knowledge and acceptance of various BMPs and to promote their adoption.  

Desired Outcomes: Implementation of Best Management Practices on private and public property to supplement other goals.

Metrics: Compliance with the early consultation requirement.

Goal 8.1 - Lake Minnetonka

Promote best management practices as methods to help meet pollutant loading and volume management goals established in this subwatershed plan.

Actions

  1. Require LGUs to identify in their local water management plans how they plan to minimize pollutant loading and stormwater volumes from developed uses through the implementation of BMPs in the subwatershed. 
    1. Provide education and training opportunities, technical and planning assistance for LGUs on methods to reduce phosphorus and sediment loading by incorporating BMPs into landscaping, infrastructure maintenance, and reconstruction.
  2. To promote BMPs and encourage early consultation by developers, amend District rules to incorporate a requirement for stormwater management plan approval prior to submittal of a preliminary plat.
  3. Develop and distribute model ordinances and design standards that illustrate the proper application of various BMPs.