Riparian Buffers for
Clean Water & 

Habitat:
An Introduction

Merritt Frey
Habitat Program Director
mfrey@rivernetwork.or...
AGENDA
Introduction
Benefits & barriers
3 short case studies
Questions & answers
Learning resources
Three Bs
Take home
4 cases
In-depth
Q&A
Resources
Intro
Two Bs
Examples

Carlson Creek – 8/1989

Q&A
Resources

Carlson Creek – 8/1993

Images: MIDEQ
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources
Image: Iowa State
Benefits & barriers
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources
Images:
Innovationalberta.org
and NIWA
Pollution control
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources

Image: Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural
Re...
Wildlife habitat
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources
Image: Montana Audubon
Room to meander
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources
Image: SEWRPC
Flood protection
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources

Image: www.news.sun.perdue..edu

Image: www.unce.unr.edu
Others….
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources
Barriers to buffers
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources
Questions?
Themes to consider
Intro

§  Remember the diversity of benefits.


Two Bs

§  Be explicit about goals; tailor design
& i...
Cedar Creek: Intro
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources

Muskegon River, Source: Wikipedia
Cedar Creek: Type
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources

Forested buffer, Source: USFS
Cedar Creek: Approach
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources
Cedar Creek: Results
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources

Treated
19% of the creek’s length
Created
11 acres of
forest
buf...
Cedar Creek: Lessons
Intro

§ Think early about project partners.

Two Bs

§ Be creative when establishing
protection fo...
Pierceville Run: Intro
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources
Pierceville Run: Type
Intro
Two Bs
Examples

Source: www.extension.umn.edu 

Q&A
Resources

Source: PADEP
Pierceville Run: Approach
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources
Pierceville Run: Results
Intro
Two Bs

39%

sediment

39%

phosphorus

Examples
Q&A
Resources
Pierceville Run: Lessons
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources

§  Think through how buffers mesh
with other restoration ne...
Pecatonica: Intro
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources

Image: The Nature Conservancy
Pecatonica: Type
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources

Image: USGS
Pecatonica: Approach
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources

Images: The Nature Conservancy
Pecatonica: Results
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources

Image: The Nature Conservancy
Pecatonica: Lessons
§  Targeting may be
critical.


Intro
Two Bs

§  Integrate uplands
and buffers.

Examples

§  Basel...
Questions? Stories?
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources

Image: River Restoration
Resources
Intro
Two Bs
Examples
Q&A
Resources

www.rivernetwork.org/buffertools


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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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