Learn about filter strips, including primary Field Office Technical Guide practices, primary purposes, key design elements, and tree/shrub species requirements.
A strip or area of vegetation for removing sediment, organic matter, and other pollutants from runoff and waste water.
Some Primary FOTG Practices for this System
- Filter Strip (393)
- Conservation Crop Rotation (330)
- Stripcropping, Contour (585)
- Contour Farming (330)
- Residue Management (329, 344)
- Diversion (362), Terrace (600), Grassed Waterway (412)
- Access Control (472)
- Fencing (382)
- Prescribed Grazing (528)
- Pasture and Hay Planting (512)
To remove sediment and other pollutants from runoff by filtration, deposition, infiltration, or plant uptake.
Key Design Elements
Strips are planted cross-slope or on the contour downhill from the source of sediment or pollutants. They must be sufficiently wide to achieve primary purposes.
Tree/Shrub Species Requirements
- Adapted to the soil and climate of the planting site.
- Tolerant of sediment deposition and pollutant-laden runoff.
- Moderate to aggressive development to occupy the site quickly.
- Resistance to pests and herbicides.