Best Management Practices: Preserving clean water in a changing climate
Risk management is critical in any restoration project. Risks include those associated with climate patterns, such as more intense storms, as well as those associated with land use change, site selection, and design. Addressing these risks in conjunction with ongoing restoration efforts will prepare communities for greater variability and may result in cost savings and reduced risk. Best Management Practices (BMPs) should be sited and designed with climate change impacts in mind. Incorporating climate change considerations into your project design will not require a wholesale change in implementation in most cases. Evaluating your project for its climate vulnerabilities and developing a range of strategies at the initial planning stage will increase effectiveness, decrease maintenance costs, and help to ensure you are meeting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Total Maximum Daily Load requirements into the future.