Adhering to best management practices can yield surprising value. The practices described in this series of articles typically pay out in reduced net project costs. For example, performing a regulatory site assessment (RSA) could reveal a flood zone undetectable to the naked eye. Using a land survey with a detailed design package can reduce the chances of contractual disagreements regarding earthwork volumes. When used with CAD software, a topographic survey can optimize impoundment layout and dimensions to minimize cut and fill during excavation. The information from a geotechnical investigation allows a contractor to submit a more aggressive bid because of known material and labor costs. Elements like these can typically decrease the cost of construction by tens of thousands of dollars per impoundment. Aside from cost savings, best management practices typically extend the useful life of impoundments, creating greater investment returns on water management infrastructure as indicated in the following matrix:
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