The Best Management Practices (BMP) Program is an alternative conservation program designed to be at least as effective in achieving water conservation as the Base Program while providing greater flexibility to program participants.
The BMP Program is characterized by an IGFR owner’s commitment to implement specific agricultural conservation practices that involve on-farm irrigation system improvements and other improved methods for farm water management, referred to as Best Management Practices.
Under the BMP Program, it is possible to enroll multiple IGFRs under a single BMP farm as long as the IGFRs are either contiguous or in close proximity to each other and part of a single farm unit. Farms enrolled in the BMP Program are excused from their annual conservation allotment and have their flex accounts frozen so that neither flex credits are accrued nor debits subtracted.
ADWR, with the assistance of the agricultural community, develops a menu of approved BMPs listed in the Management Plans to ensure that individual farmers can select methods that provide the greatest opportunity for increased water savings and efficient operation of their farms. Best Management Practices (Appendix 4B) are listed in the Management Plans for each Active Management Area which can be viewed through the following link: