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BMPs For Stream Crossings
Bobby L. Lanford, Don Burdette
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Pages / Length: 4
Publication Date: 06/10/1996

In Alabama we enjoy an abundance of waterways; it is unusual to find 20 acres without some type of "waters of the state" (as defined below). Most forestry operations like timber harvesting require stream crossings to access the different parts of a forest tract. Each time a stream is crossed, the potential to pollute that stream exists. As responsible citizens, we want to make minimal impacts on our water resources during our forestry activities, whether we are harvesting timber or just taking a Sunday drive through a forest. Our purpose here is to examine the legal requirements and discuss proper ways to cross streams.