Riparian Buffers

As the owner of property that borders a river or stream, you undoubtedly enjoy the nature sightings and recreational opportunities the water offers. You also play an important role in our region’s ecosystem, because the choices you make about landscaping — plant selection, fertilizer, pesticides, for example — have a direct effect on the quality of the water and surrounding land.

Riparian buffers are the streamside trees, shrubs, and other plants that link the river to the land. They filter polluted runoff and provide a transition zone between water and human land use. Whether your waterfront is a large river or a small headwater stream, the water is affected by what happens on the abutting land.

Use these links to learn more about riparian buffers and how you, as a streamside landowner, can help steward our rivers and streams for present and future generations.