Sarasota County BMPs to be employed proactively
Sarasota County’s Stormwater Division crews are now taking a comprehensive, systematic approach consistent with industry standards in performing preventative maintenance. This approach is a departure from past
practices of a reactive, complaint-driven process after a problem has occurred. This approach is
identified as a Best Management
Practice (BMP) for stormwater
system maintenance. This
approach enhances customer
satisfaction, lowers long-term
expenses and improves the
drainage system’s overall performance.
The basic premise of the BMP is: Start preventative flood system maintenance at the downstream end of
a system; clean and make functional the smallest constrictions in the conveyance system to improve and
maintain consistent flows, typically driveway pipes; combine work efforts with any requests for service
where the service is warranted, thus reducing crew travel time and mobilization costs; do any additional
aesthetic improvements after the primary objectives are completed.