Accession Number : ADA336633

Title :   Buffer Strips for Riparian Zone Management

Corporate Author : CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALTHAM MA NEW ENGLAND DIV

PDF Url : ADA336633

Report Date : JAN 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 62

Abstract : This study provides a review of technical literature concerning the width of riparian buffer strips needed to protect water quality and maintain other important values provided by riparian ecosystems. Under most circumstances (20 to 30 meter wide) buffers appear adequate to remove suspended sediments from surface flows. Narrow buffers may also reduce nitrogen levels in surface runoff and groundwater. There appears to be insufficient information available in the literature to formulate a matrix which completely relates appropriate buffer strip width to stream characteristics, upland land use, and riparian functions.

Descriptors :   *WETLANDS, *ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, *BANKS(WATERWAYS), *WATER QUALITY, BUFFERS, WATER FLOW, GROUND WATER, SUSPENDED SEDIMENTS, SURFACE WATERS, ECOSYSTEMS, ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, LAND USE, RUNOFF, WATER DISTRIBUTION, STREAMFLOW ANALYSIS.

Subject Categories : Water Pollution and Control
      Ecology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE