Improvement of Riparian Areas

Improvement of agricultural riparian areas can occur by implementing the following practices:

  • Plant new vegetation
  • Control invasive weeds in upland areas
  • Encourage a diverse mix of plant species and age that:
    • are adapted to the climate, soil and water conditions
    • fosters a good rooting system for bank stability
  • Protect vegetation from livestock overgrazing or trampling through a grazing management plan by:
    • considering grazing duration and density in relation to plant growth
    • considering stream bank soil moisture content
    • improving water supply for livestock by providing an off-stream water system or a restricted watercourse access
  • Protect vegetation from harmful pesticide or nutrient management application 
  • Improve stability with erosion control structure by:
    • contouring terraces with earthworks and seeding
    • stabilizing gullies and waterways with erosion control mating, silt fencing, seeding
    • stabilizing banks through bank shaping, revetment, gabions, riprap, crib walls, re-vegetation, and blanketing
    • utilizing drop inlet and in-channel control structures
    • improving infiltration of concentrated water flow with filter trenches, filter wells, diffusing wells, etc.
    • installing or upgrading retention ponds and erosion control dams

Riparian Habitat Restoration

Planting and maintaining agricultural riparian areas can be very beneficial for both the farm and for the watercourse.

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Livestock Watering in Riparian Areas

It is important to consider access to water for livestock while also protecting riparian areas.

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