A Best Management Practice is the most effective, practical, cost effective measure to control nonpoint source pollution and protect fish and wildlife habitat. Nonpoint source pollution cannot be traced to single discharge point such as an industrial discharge pipe. Nonpoint sources include eroding farmland and construction sites, urban streets, or riparian lawns. Pollutants from these sources are carried by rainwater or snowmelt and are best controlled by proper land management.
Currently the Land & Water Conservation emphasized agricultural and developed riparian best managment practices.
In addition to provide environmental benefits, implementation of best management practices often results in improvements in efficiency, less labor, and cost savings to farmers. Riparian landowners save money and time on lawn maintenance, have more privacy, and a higher quality of life.