Do you have a creek or stream flowing through your property? Don’t let the land you paid for wash away. Shade your stream! A stream buffer helps reduce erosion while protecting water quality.
Riparian buffers are vegetated areas next to creeks and streams that benefit landowners in several ways. Vegetation along stream banks filters soil particles, pesticides and fertilizers, reducing non-point pollution of water resources. Roots from vegetation anchor the soil to minimize erosion
Shade keeps the water cool, which is necessary for many aquatic species such as trout and provides shelter for wildlife. Streamside vegetation also adds to the aesthetic beauty of a property.
Landowners can contribute to water quality protection on their property by avoiding the following practices:
- Farming or mowing up to the edge of the stream
- Removing streamside shrubs, trees or other vegetation
- Allowing livestock access to the riparian area
- Straightening sections of streams
Streams are products of the land they drain, and their waters reflect streamside land management practices. Help protect your property’s valuable assets by maintaining or restoring riparian buffers.
For more information, consider consulting with your local Soil & Water Conservation District specialist.