Proper operations & maintenance (O&M) of Low Impact Development (LID) facilities in this final post-construction phase will dictate whether the long term benefits intended are realized. The decisions made by everyone on the project team play a role in how costly or easy is will be to maintain LID practices.
The ability and preference of the maintenance staff and land owners should be considered when choosing which LID practices to implement. Low cost maintenance LID facilities and landscapes should always be considered first, since the owner's long-term costs can be much higher than the costs associated with the up-front planning, design, and construction costs. If a particular facility is required by a jurisdiction, the design team should engage in an educational effort to clarify the benefits of the facility and the maintenance requirements to the owner and staff.