A summary of research, applications to management and the new Minnesota buffer rule
Status of the science: What do we know?
Erosion and nutrient loss from upland areas, streambanks, bluffs, ravines, and river banks have been contributing to water quality problems throughout the state. Furthermore, changes to the structure and vegetation of waterbodies have impacted the health of aquatic life over the years.
Impairments from these changes are associated with problems pertaining to aquatic life, drinking water, and algal blooms in Minnesota’s water bodies and water in other states downstream. In order to improve waters across the state and water discharging into neighboring states, Minnesota has been implementing best management practices (BMPs). Riparian buffers are one type of BMP being used to reduce contaminants released into the state’s waterways.
University of Minnesota Water Resources Center
Gordon, Brad; Lenhart, Chris; Lewandowski, Ann; Wyatt, Gary; Current, Dean.
Riparian Buffer Science: Status and Research Needs.
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