NRCS Practice Standard: Sediment Basin (350)

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NRCS Practice Standard: Sediment Basin (350)

About the Company:

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s primary private lands conservation agency. The NRCS helps producers protect and conserve natural resources on private lands through voluntary conservation programs. Through Practice Standards and technical guides, the NRCS provides information about the conservation, energy resources, and provides personalized advice to individual producers.

The NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides technical and financial assistance to producers as they implement NRCS Conservation Practice Standards.

Technical guides used in each field office are localized so that they apply specifically to the geographic area for which they are prepared. Thus, while national guidelines have been provided as a framework for each standard, each state has adopted and modified the conservation practice standards to suit their individual landscape.

To find a local NRCS Service center click here.

To find the specific guideline for each state click here.

About the Solution:

Sediment Basin (350)

A sediment basin is a basin constructed with an engineered outlet, formed by constructing an embankment, excavating a dugout, or a combination of both.

Practice Information

Sediment basins capture and detain sediment-laden runoff or other debris for a sufficient length of time to allow it to settle out in the basin.

Sediment basins preserve the capacity of reservoirs, culverts, ditches, canals, diversions, waterways, and streams; prevent excessive down-slope deposition; trap sediment originating from construction sites; and reduce or abate damage to natural resources from pollution or deposition of sediment.

Many factors influence the efficiency of sediment removal in a basin. These include the detention time of runoff, the type of dewatering device, the presence of a permanent pool in the basin, a decrease in turbulence in the basin, and soil particle size.

Operation and maintenance requirements will include periodic inspections with prompt repair or replacement of damaged components, periodic removal of sediment, and periodic mowing of vegetation.

Common Associated Practices

Practice Standard Sediment Basin (Code 350) may be a component practice of a required storm water management plan and/or erosion and sediment control plan.

NRCS Conservation Practice Standard (CPS) Sediment Basin (Code 350) is commonly applied with other conservation practices such as:

  • Critical Area Planting (Code 342)
  • Mulching (Code 484)
  • Structure for Water Control (Code 587)

    To view the national NRCS standard Sediment Basin please click here.

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, DC United States 1-833-ONE-USDA Visit Company Website

    Solution Type

    • General Support and Other


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    • Other


    • GHG
    • Nitrogen
    • Phosphorous
    • Storage

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    Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators

    NOTE: There are multiple technologies that are used as part of integrated manure management systems and yet are not manure management types on their own. The impact of these technologies on their own would be minimal or very difficult to quantify.

    General Support & Other:

    • Can be an integral part of many manure management systems
    • Most projects have at least some equipment that supports operations of the main technology
    • This technology is not evaluated on its own, the NEAT Matrix for this technology is neutral unless utilized with other technologies.

    Newtrient Comments/Opinions:

    Newtrient is using the USDA-NRCS conservation practice standards as tools to assist dairy producers in understanding the standards and how they can be used to address resources concerns.

    To establish a Practice Standard a system or practice must be thoroughly vetted, approved, and standardized by the USDA at the federal and state level. These conservation practices have been developed to address various environmental resource concerns. Newtrient has developed a 9-point scoring process for ranking additives, practices, services, and technologies for the dairy industry. Recognizing the rigorous approval procedure used during the development of the NRCS Practice Standards, many of them score very highly and are worthy of consideration on any dairy where they apply.

    The information provided here is a summary of the selected conservation practices. For up to date and detailed information related to the full Practice Standards, please see the USDA NRCS website, linked above.

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