Buffers for Clean Water and Habitat

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Riparian buffers provide all kinds of benefits—from water quality to wildlife habitat to beyond. This session will provide provide an overview of the types of buffers and their effectiveness for different goals, and use both rural and urban case studies from the Great Lakes and elsewhere to illustrate proven strategies for implementing buffer protection and restoration in your watershed. Discussion and sharing of lessons learned in your own projects will be encouraged—come with stories! This presentation was given by Merritt Frey, River Habitat Program Director, River Network.

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Buffers for Clean Water and Habitat

  1. 1. Riparian Buffers for Clean Water & 
 Habitat: An Introduction Merritt Frey Habitat Program Director mfrey@rivernetwork.org 801-486-1224
  2. 2. AGENDA Introduction Benefits & barriers 3 short case studies Questions & answers Learning resources
  3. 3. Three Bs Take home 4 cases In-depth Q&A Resources
  4. 4. Intro Two Bs Examples Carlson Creek – 8/1989 Q&A Resources Carlson Creek – 8/1993 Images: MIDEQ
  5. 5. Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources Image: Iowa State
  6. 6. Benefits & barriers Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources Images: Innovationalberta.org and NIWA
  7. 7. Pollution control Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources Image: Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  8. 8. Wildlife habitat Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources Image: Montana Audubon
  9. 9. Room to meander Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources Image: SEWRPC
  10. 10. Flood protection Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources Image: www.news.sun.perdue..edu Image: www.unce.unr.edu
  11. 11. Others…. Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources
  12. 12. Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources
  13. 13. Barriers to buffers Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources
  14. 14. Questions?
  15. 15. Themes to consider Intro §  Remember the diversity of benefits.
 Two Bs §  Be explicit about goals; tailor design & implementation.
 Examples §  Invest time in planning.
 Q&A §  Understand buffers rarely stand alone.
 Resources §  Think about maintenance from go. 
 §  Be creative for long-term protection.
  16. 16. Cedar Creek: Intro Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources Muskegon River, Source: Wikipedia
  17. 17. Cedar Creek: Type Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources Forested buffer, Source: USFS
  18. 18. Cedar Creek: Approach Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources
  19. 19. Cedar Creek: Results Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources Treated 19% of the creek’s length Created 11 acres of forest buffers Planted More 
 than 
 10,000 seedlings
  20. 20. Cedar Creek: Lessons Intro § Think early about project partners. Two Bs § Be creative when establishing protection for restored buffers.
 Examples Q&A Resources 
 § Building off an existing watershed plan can help target key areas & practices.
 § Good projects don’t always cost a fortune.
  21. 21. Pierceville Run: Intro Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources
  22. 22. Pierceville Run: Type Intro Two Bs Examples Source: www.extension.umn.edu  Q&A Resources Source: PADEP
  23. 23. Pierceville Run: Approach Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources
  24. 24. Pierceville Run: Results Intro Two Bs 39% sediment 39% phosphorus Examples Q&A Resources
  25. 25. Pierceville Run: Lessons Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources §  Think through how buffers mesh with other restoration needs. 
 §  Be flexible in how you prioritize focus areas. 
 §  Be smart about partnering – diverse skills. 
 §  Think about maintenance right from the beginning.
  26. 26. Pecatonica: Intro Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources Image: The Nature Conservancy
  27. 27. Pecatonica: Type Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources Image: USGS
  28. 28. Pecatonica: Approach Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources Images: The Nature Conservancy
  29. 29. Pecatonica: Results Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources Image: The Nature Conservancy
  30. 30. Pecatonica: Lessons §  Targeting may be critical.
 Intro Two Bs §  Integrate uplands and buffers. Examples §  Baseline data and planning essential.
 Q&A Resources Image: The Nature Conservancy §  Bringing resources to the table supports action.
  31. 31. Questions? Stories? Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources Image: River Restoration
  32. 32. Resources Intro Two Bs Examples Q&A Resources www.rivernetwork.org/buffertools
 §  §  §  §  More information on case studies Additional case studies Links to select technical information Links specifically to more on the Wisconsin Buffer Initiative.
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