MM-7 (11/10/04 version)
Management Practice Systems

Long-term solutions to water quality impairments rarely occur without adequate consideration of the stream system as a whole versus an individual stream segment. Therefore, an approach that looks comprehensively at all critical components of the stream system, is necessary BEFORE individual components of a management practice system are selected, designed and implemented. In many cases, this evaluation is done as part of a comprehensive watershed action plan to promote a management practice system that is cost-effective, environmentally sound, and sustainable over the long-term. One example of examining options to implement a cost-effective, environmentally sound and sustainable management practice system is the Water Quality Credit Trading pilot project underway in the Great Miami River Basin.

Once the stream system has been evaluated and restoration/protection management goals or targets have been established, there are two basic types of management practice systems that can be considered: