FOR-69: Field Guide to Best Management Practices for Timber Harvesting in Kentucky
Streams and Other Waters BMPs
Details of these BMPs can be obtained from the Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority Producer Workbook. The minimum requirements for each of the four Streams and Other Waters BMPs are as follows:
BMP #1—Stream Crossing Protection
- Construct low water crossings in a manner that does not obstruct the normal flow of the stream.
- Minimize soil erosion and removal of streamside vegetation.
BMP #2—Sand and Gravel Removal
- Minimize disturbance to streams by excavation equipment and access gravel from shore as much as possible.
BMP #3—Stream Bank and Shoreline Protection
This includes requirements for stream bank stabilization for banks which are eroding at an accelerated rate and stream crossings that might be damaged by vehicular traffic.
BMP #4—Proper Stream Drainage Maintenance
Specifies requirements for clearing logjams or sediment blockage as follows:
For projects in streams where the watershed above the work is less than one square mile (640 acres):
For projects in streams where the watershed above the work is more than one square mile (640 acres), assistance must be obtained from sources such as: the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, private consultants, etc., and the Kentucky Division of Water. The Kentucky Division of Forestry and County Extension offices can help identify the appropriate sources in your area.
- Focus work only in areas where problems occur and avoid unnecessary disturbance to adjacent stream habitat.
- Minimize the removal of streamside vegetation. Remove only the necessary vegetation and operate equipment from only one side of the stream.
- Minimize straightening of stream meanders.
- When working in streams that have been channelized, consult the NRCS and the Kentucky Division of Water.
- Care should be taken to avoid impacts to wetlands adjacent to streams (see special note on Corps of Engineer notification in Producer Workbook).
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