Streamside forests are complex ecosystems vital to the protection of our streams and rivers

January 1996
Riparian Forest Buffers: Function & Design for Protection & Enha;1996, p2
The article focuses on the role of streamside forests in the protection of water resources in the U.S. It reports that the streamside forests control nonpoint source pollution (NPS) in the rivers, and work as complex ecosystems to provide food and habitat to the river communities. It also discusses the ways in which such forests enhance the quality of water resources including sediment and erosion control, and the optimization of light and temperature conditions for aquatic life.


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