Riparian buffers are strips of vegetation next to streams or other water bodies that improve water quality and create habitat for fish and wildlife. The objective of this program is to support and educate watershed groups and stream-side landowners in their efforts to restore and protect riparian buffers in their communities.
Stream Buffer Workshop for Municipalities
Riparian buffers are a powerful tool to reduce nutrient and sediment input to downstream water bodies and to protect streams in the face of climate and landscape change. But getting to scale with implementation is going to take a coordinated effort. In light of this, NYS WRI co-hosted a workshop on stream buffers for municipalities in Tompkins County. It focused on both planning and implementation of buffers at municipal, watershed, and site scales. The collected resources and the slides and videos of presentations and panels, compiled on the website, can be useful to many other NYS municipalities.