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
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE