Riparian buffer design tool for cropland: lotic systems
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Riparian areas function as a buffer between the upland and the aquatic systems. This area is unique in its structure and the services it provides intercepting non-point source (NPS) pollution from the upland. In some cases additional buffer width may be required or sought. Riparian buffer strips are a beneficial management practice (BMP) eligible for cost-shared funding under government programs. However, little information is available to assist landowners in appropriate location or design considerations. This project aims to create a riparian buffer design tool to be utilized on lotic (flowing water) systems in cropland settings. This tool will consist of a flow chart and accompanying key. The flow chart along with air photographs, soils maps and discussions with the landowner will help to determine where on the landscape a buffer should be located. The final product will include case studies and guiding documents for technical staff to utilize when assisting landowners with their riparian buffer strips.
Part OfSoils and Crops Workshop
beneficial management practice
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