Best Management Practices
eroding roads to stable roads with easily obtained materials such as
bales of hay and rocks and gravel. For more information contact the
Mendocino Resource Conservation District at (707) 468-9223 x 3 for the
Handbook for Forest Ranch Roads.
inexpensive less-polluting alternatives to household oils and chemicals.
Examples include: phosphate-free laundry and dishwashing detergents.
paved surfaces. Pavement increases run-off, leads to flooding, and decreases
with nature. Irrigate during cooler hours of the day, and limit fertilizer
applications on lawns and gardens. Do not spray chemicals within 50
feet of a waterway.
manage your septic system, which reduces costs over time and preserves
water quality downstream.
and dispose of chemicals properly. Call the County Waste Management
Agency for guidelines on disposal of hazardous waste.
- Take note
of road and driveway ditches or culverts which drain directly to the
creek. Re-align ditches to drain to vegetated buffer zones or riparian
CCWI for additional guidelines you can use to keep sediment and chemicals
out of your creek.
cattle to prevent them from walking through the creek.
a waste management plan for livestock to reduce waste entering water.
the use of pesticides.
irrigation by improving water use efficiency.
livestock to prevent overgrazing.
riparian (streamside) vegetation.
the Natural Resources Conservation Service Petaluma field office for
both professional services and funding assistance at (707) 794-1242x3.
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