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Riparian Buffer Restoration & Assessment

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.

Check out WRI's riparian buffer work in partnership with HREP staff and the statewide Trees for Tribs Program.

Outreach Activity

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.

Panel speakers--Lydia Brinkley of the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, Angel Hinickle of the Tompkins County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Scott Doyle of Tompkins County Planning and Sustainability--at the Riparian Buffer workshop.