The riparian area is a band of dense, native vegetation along a body of water. This zone can be identified by high soil moisture, frequent flooding, and the unique collection of plants and animals found there. The distinct community of soil and vegetation form a network of roots and ground cover that intercept runoff from upland areas and stabilize the river bank. These areas also act like a sponge and have the capacity to store water for sustained release back into the river. As a result, riparian areas improve both water quality and quantity.
UGRA Articles on Riparian Areas:
Riparian Areas Protect Waterways
Riparian Areas Boost River Flow
Riparian Areas Benefit Wildlife
Your Remarkable Riparian Website: Contains a collection of riparian resources, publications, and lessons. The Remarkable Riparian Field Guide is provided free of charge to interested Kerr County landowners. Call UGRA to request your copy (830) 896-5445
Healthy Riparian Area issue paper