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Riparian Buffers the Most Effective Way to Protect Waterways
Riparian buffers are the vegetated land adjacent to a stream or water body. This vegetation benefits water quality and habitat by helping to regulate temperature, add organic matter (leaves and twigs), assist in pollution reduction, and by providing wildlife habitat.

Some stream bank erosion is a natural part of a waterway, but the process is accelerated by altering the system, such as when removing vegetation or removing natural landscaping. Excessive erosion is a result of an inadequate riparian buffers result, which can adversely affect the waterway.

Lack of a riparian buffer also allows sediments and other nonpoint source pollutants into the water through surface runoff. These pollutants can cause algae blooms and sicken fish and other aquatic invertebrates as well as reduce water quality.

 
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