Guidelines and Resources for Implementing Soil Quality and Depth BMP T5.13 (Washington State).
Soil quality is directly related to stormwater detention capacity, and so to the health of streams and aquatic resources in the Pacific Northwest. Soil quality also determines landscape success: plant survival, growth, disease resistance, and maintenance needs.
This publication provides guidance for landscape designers, builders, planners, and inspectors to implement soil quality “Best Management Practices” (or BMPs), in order to protect and restore soil functions. The guide describes techniques for construction site soil handling, reducing soil compaction, and amending site soils with compost to meet BMP T5.13.
The specifications, procedures and forms contained in this publication were developed by a team of landscape professionals, municipal inspectors, soil scientists and public agency staff. They are provided as examples of the tools needed to implement the State’s soil quality BMP. (2012 Edition) by Soils for Salmon.