The Best Management Practices (BMP) protocol project is a cooperative effort of the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters- Water Resources Committee (NAASF-WRC), Steven Koehn, Maryland State Forester, chairperson. The project has been funded by grants from the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Section 319 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972 (33 U.S.C. sec. 1251-1387), known as the Clean Water Act, defines the term best management practice (BMP) as a practice or measure that has been demonstrated to be successful in protecting the water resources of the United States from nonpoint source pollution. The BMP Protocol Project is an effort to develop a standard method for monitoring the use and effectiveness of best management practices commonly used in timber harvesting.