Best Management Practices

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British Columbia Ministry of Environment

For over a decade SYLVIS was an active participant in the development of the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation (OMRR) of British Columbia (BC). As professional and technical experts in biosolids management and composting operations we conducted research, surveys and literature reviews to assist the BC Ministry of Environment (MoE) in the development and promulgation of the OMRR.

After the OMRR was promulgated SYLVIS conducted workshops to increase awareness and educate regulators, generators and land owners.  The OMRR facilitates the prudent use and management of organic residuals by requiring registered professionals to prepare Land Application Plans (LAP) that address site-specific management practices for all aspects of organic residuals management.

Following promulgation of the OMRR, and under MoE contract, SYLVIS developed and composed a comprehensive Best Management Practices (BMP) guideline specific to the beneficial management of biosolids.  This extensive resource assists with the interpretation and application of the regulation and provides guidance for professionals in the development of LAPs in the application and management of biosolids in agricultural, silvicultural and land reclamation programs.

Subsequent to the inital guidline, SYLVIS was again retained by the BC MoE to update the BMP guideline to include additional sampling guidelines and management practices specific to the Soil Amendment Code of Practice (SACoP). This code of practice enables the beneficial management of pulp and paper, water treatment and lime-based residuals, fly ash, and wood waste in a similar manner to OMRR.

Having participated in the development of the OMRR, the SACoP and the associated BMPs, SYLVIS is the most knowledgeable firm regarding the regulatory framework for organic residuals quality, management and use in Canada.