Water Quality Best Management Practices for Florida Cow/Calf Operations

Florida Cattleman's Association

Best Management Practices (BMPs) are practices or combinations of practices that, based on research, field-testing, and expert review, are determined to be the most effective and practicable means for improving water quality. BMPs are typically implemented as a treatment train. This normally includes a combination of nonstructural and structural practices that are effective in reducing or preventing pollutant discharges. BMPs must be: based on sound science, technically feasible, and economically viable for landowners. The practices outlined in this manual are intended for use statewide on beef cow/calf operations, and other cattle operations. This manual does not apply to concentrated animal feeding operations, which generally require a permit. The manual can be downloaded at www.floridaagwaterpolicy.com.