Photo showing road failure and resulting erosion: Bad fill road design/construction and culverts that are too small cause countless road failures and harmfull sediment loads into forest streams.

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4. Road Construction and Maintenance*

*Note: BMPs outlined below are examples. Check with the appropriate state agency to determine applicable BMPs in your area.

Well-located, constructed, and maintained forest roads can minimize the major source of water pollution associated with silvicultural activities. A poorly designed road system can result in significant impacts such as increased sediment load reaching the stream; landslide debris flows; degraded aquatic habitat and fish and wildlife migration barriers; stream bank and streambed damage; altered and concentrated surface runoff; and increased maintenance costs.

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