Best Management Practices

GreenCOâ„¢'s Best Management Practices  (BMPs) are guidelines on how to reduce water consumption and protect water quality while producing, designing, installing and maintaining healthy, beautiful landscapes. GreenCO developed these materials in cooperation with Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, Denver Water, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and Wright Water Engineers, along with input from a broad group of conservation, education, engineering, landscape, plant and water experts across the state.  The BMPs are the basis for many municipal codes, state laws and state-mandated water conservation plans. A study commissioned by GreenCO in 2015 quantified the expected benefits of GreenCO's BMPs. Read the study here.

The BMPs and this web site were made possible in part by the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

In 2005, Colorado Governor Bill Owens issued a proclamation that declared a state wide "BMP Awareness Week" and encouraged statewide policy makers to use GreenCO BMPs in their outdoor water conservation standards.  In 2008, The Colorado Water Conservation Board issued recommendations to all state wide water agencies to integrate the GreenCO BMPs into their general water conservation plans. 

View the list of industry professionals who have earned the BMP Seal of Knowledge