Once a Whole Farm Plan is completed and Best Management Practices (BMPs) are operational, participants receive and acknowledge a BMP Operations & Maintenance Agreement, often referred to as an O&M. This O&M is a long-term contract that outlines the steps a landowner takes to preserve the mutual investment and WFP infrastructure. The O&M lasts the lifespan of a BMP, usually 10-15 years. The O&M requirements are generally basic preventative measures or repairs that a landowner would perform any way.
The Watershed Agricultural Program occasionally offers O&M trainings to its participating landowners and works one-on-one to ensure proper long-term care of the BMP placed on the farm.