Streams and Riparian Areas
What are riparian areas and why are they important?
- Reduce flood impacts by absorbing peak flows and regulating the velocity of floodwaters;
- Assist in stabilizing the banks of streams and rivers which helps prevent bank erosion;
- Reduce pollutants by filtering and settling pollutants from storm water runoff;
- Provide habitat to a wide array of wildlife; and
- Contribute to the scenic beauty and recreational opportunities of the area.