2005 Routine Road Maintenance Best Management Practices 

Lane County Public Works
2005 Routine Road Maintenance Best Management Practices (RRM)

 

Lane County Public Works Road Maintenance Section has formally adopted the Oregon Department of Transportation Routine Road Maintenance Water Quality and Habitat Guide Best Management Practices as revised in 2004.  The guide governs the manner in which Lane County maintenance crews proceed on a wide variety of routine maintenance activities, including surface and shoulder work, ditch, bridge, culvert maintenance, snow and ice removal, emergency maintenance, mowing, brush control and other vegetation management for all of Lane County.

"These BMP’s are designed to eliminate the adverse impacts of road maintenance activities on salmonid habitat while preserving our ability to maintain the functional integrity of the existing transportation facility."             - LCPW RRM pg. 1  

The Oregon Department of Transportation Routine Road Maintenance Water Quality and Habitat Guide Best Management Practices is a state-wide document and, as such, does not address specific circumstances unique to Lane County and the activites carried out by the Department. 

For example, the ODOT document does not cover two road maintenance activities that LCPW maintenance crews perform: (1) Gravel Road Blading (MMS 416), and (2) Other Vegetation Management (MMS 459).  We have complemented the ODOT Guide with Best Management Practices (BMPs) that cover these activities. 

This manual covers five key areas:

  1. Definitions of terms.
  2. Description of the process for review, documentation and monitoring implementation and effectiveness of the actions.
  3. Description of the LCPW training program for routine maintenance and environmental considerations.
  4. Descriptions of maintenance activities with minimization/avoidance actions.
  5. Relevant references or examples.

The purpose of this manual is to:

  • To establish a set of BMPs to minimize the impacts of LCPW activities on salmon runs.
  • To train LCPW personnel on these BMPs.
  • To insure that LCPW complies with the 4(d) rules published by NMFS, prohibiting a “take” of listed species by securing a programmatic limitation under Limit 10: Routine Road Maintenance.

To get a copy of the Routine Road Maintenance Manual, click on the link below.

LCPW Routine Road Maintenance Manual 
(NOTE: This is an Adobe Acrobat Reader (.pdf) document)