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Conservation Practice Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Plans in Kansas

Written operation and maintenance (O&M) plans are required for most practices installed with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) technical or financial assistance. The O&M plan shall be prepared by the designer prior to the installation of the practice. Operation and maintenance are defined as follows:

Operation–The administration, management, and performance of non-maintenance activities necessary to keep a practice safe and functioning as planned.

Maintenance–The recurring activities necessary to retain or restore a practice in a safe and functioning condition, including the management of vegetation, the repair or replacement of failed components, the prevention or treatment of deterioration, and the repair of damages.

O&M requirements are determined by the complexity of the practice, program requirements, safety concerns, and special requirements for potentially hazardous practices. In some instances, these requirements may refer to or include manufacturer’s instructions and operator manuals that are specific to the products being installed.

Implementing the O&M plan is the responsibility of the landowner/producer and will require labor, funds, and management. Therefore, O&M plan requirements shall be discussed and agreed to with the landowner/producer prior to beginning the installation of the practice.

O&M responsibilities begin when practice installation is completed and shall continue until the end of the design life of the practice. For potentially hazardous practices, O&M shall continue as long as the hazard exists or until the practice is decommissioned or as may be required by federal, state, local, and tribal laws and regulations.

Links to O&M plans for Kansas NRCS conservation practices are provided below. Each O&M plan should be customized by completing the Name, Identification (if any), Legal Description, and County. The Specific Recommendations section should also be completed to customize the plan for the conditions associated with the specific site where the practice will be installed.

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NRCS-Kansas Operation and Maintenance Plans - Practice Name (code)
A - B - C - D - F - G - H - I - L - M - O - P - R - S - T - U - V - W
Access Road (560) Open Channel (582)
Agrichemical Handling Facility (309) P
Amendments for Treatment of Agricultural Waste (591) Pond (378) (Embankment)
Pond (378) (Excavation)
Animal Trails and Walkways (575) Pond Sealing or Lining, Bentonite Treatment (521C)
Anionic Polyacrylamide (PAM) Application (450) Pond Sealing or Lining, Compacted Clay Treatment (521D)
Aquaculture Ponds (397) Pond Sealing or Lining, Flexible Membrane (521A)
B Pond Sealing or Lining, Soil Dispersant Treatment (521B)
Building Envelope Improvement (672) Precision Land Forming (462)
C Pumping Plant (533)
Clearing and Snagging (326) R
Combustion System Improvement (372) Recreation Land Grading and Shaping (566)
Composting Facility (317) Roofs and Covers (367)
Constructed Wetland (656) Roof Runoff Structure (558)
Dam (402) Sediment Basin (350)
Dam, Diversion (348) Solid/Liquid Waste Separation Facility (632)
Dike (356) Spoil Spreading (572)
Diversion (362) Spring Development (574)
Dry Hydrant (432) Sprinkler System (442)
F Stream Crossing (578)
Farmstead Energy Improvement (374) Streambank and Shoreline Protection (580)
G Structure for Water Control (587)
Grade Stabilization Structure (410) Structure Sediment Removal (758)
Grassed Waterway (412) Subsurface Drain (606)
H Surface Drain, Field Ditch (607)
Heavy Use Area Protection (561) Surface Drain, Main or Lateral (608)
Irrigation Canal or Lateral (320) Terrace (600)
Irrigation Ditch Lining (428) Trails and Walkways (568)
Irrigation Field Ditch (388) U
Irrigation Land Leveling (464) Underground Outlet (620)
Irrigation Pipeline (430) V
Irrigation Reservoir (436) Vegetated Treatment Area (635)
Irrigation System, Microirrigation (441) W
Irrigation System, Surface and Subsurface (443) Waste Facility Closure (360)
Irrigation Water Management (449) Waste Storage Facility (313)
L Waste Transfer (634)
Land Clearing (460) Waste Treatment (629)
Land Reclamation, Toxic Discharge Control (455) Waste Treatment Lagoon (359)
Land Smoothing (466) Water and Sediment Control Basin (638)
Lighting System Improvement (670) Water Well (642)
Livestock Pipeline (516) Water Well Decommissioning (351)
Livestock Shelter Structure (576) Watering Facility (614)
M Waterspreading (640)
Mine Shaft and Adit Closing (457)  
Monitoring Well (353)