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Nonpoint Source Guidance and Technical Assistance

Best Management Practices (BMPs) are measures determined to be efficient, practical, and cost-effective to guide a particular implementation activity to address sources of nonpoint pollution. Nonpoint source BMPs are specific practices or activities used to reduce or control impacts to waters from nonpoint sources, by reducing the loading of pollutants from such sources through storm water runoff and infiltration into surface and ground waters.

Listed below are the categories of BMPs that the NYS Nonpoint Source Program has adopted in the "Management Practices Catalogue for Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention and Water Quality Protection in New York State" (Catalogue), with links to each BMP category. In general, each BMP document summarizes practices that prevent or reduce nonpoint source pollution from that type of activity, and may serve as a guide to select appropriate management practices to implement watershed projects to restore or protect waters.

The New York Nonpoint Source Program also has approved additional BMPs and control measures to supplement this catalogue. These will be identified, with individual links, in Appendix A of the 2014 New York State Nonpoint Source Management Program.

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