After creating manure management guidelines in March, the Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency has now established a similar document for maintenance of roadside ditches. The documents aim to protect water quality by highlighting some beneficial practices for reducing pollution.
The guidelines are just that, with no enforcement or funding to help accomplish the suggestions attached.
However, with the help of county and town highway officials as well as staff from Cornell University's Local Roads Program, the pamphlet lists maintenance, design tips and other considerations the agency hopes local highway departments will use.
The WQMA passed the guidelines in November, and they are now moving through the Cayuga County Legislature. The body's Planning Committee passed the resolution adopting them Tuesday night.