Managing Pastures for Water Quality: Understanding Riparian Areas


Author(s) Rhonda R. Gildersleeve, Peggy Compton.

The narrow green areas along banks of rivers, lakes, and ponds contain unique plant communities, soils, and wildlife habitats. The authors describe the nature and ecological function of these areas, discuss the state laws that apply to them, and note ways in which these areas may be protected, including by instituting proper grazing procedures, minimizing construction and development disruption, and maintaining a permanent buffer of vegetation between the water and nearby farmland (16 pages; 2011).