Riparian buffers are a contiguous strip of vegetation and plantings that create a physical separation between upland areas and aquatic resources such as streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands.
- Improves and protects water quality from pollutant sources such as sediment, phosphorus, nitrates, and pesticides.
- Protection from volume and flow rate of floods and wave action.
- Stabilizes banks and shorelines.
- Provides habitat and food sources for species.
- Utilized as a travel corridor for species.
- Promotes species richness and diversity.