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Maintaining Roads

The following section summarizes the recommended best management practices for maintaining roads. As these are only brief summaries, you should also check out more detailed information in the Karst Management Handbook for British Columbia.

Best management practices for all vulnerability categories

The following best management practices are recommended:

  • Maintain silt/sediment traps and drains to function properly, and dispose of accumulated debris away from karst features and watercourses leading to features.
  • Minimize accumulations of graded materials along roadsides where sediment could enter features or watercourses leading to features.
  • Avoid the use of chemical dust suppressants, de-icing agents and salt.
  • Locate storage areas for fuel and other hazardous materials off karst terrain or at least on low vulnerability karst areas (except for daily fuel requirements).
  • Avoid fueling or servicing machinery near surface karst features and cave entrances.

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