Riparian Buffers

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.  

Main Benefits:

  • 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.