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Riparian Buffers

Vegetated areas along a stream help shade and protect the stream from adjacent land use such as erosion and filtering out pollutants in runoff. Forested buffers provide a host of natural benefits every day including clean air and water, lower energy bills, opportunities to see wildlife and even higher property values.

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Buffered stream, Savage River, Maryland

Image courtesy: Chesapeake Bay Program

Did you know

Riparian buffer zones can reduce nitrates in the water by up to 70% and in the Chesapeake Bay reduce 89% of nitrogen runoff

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