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Stream Buffers

What is a Stream Buffer?

A stream buffer is a vegetated area along a stream, river, or other waterway that helps protect the water from pollutants, erosion, and other negative impacts. It acts as a natural filter, trapping sediment, nutrients, and other contaminants from runoff before they reach the stream. Stream buffers also provide habitat for wildlife, help stabilize stream banks, and regulate water temperature by providing shade. The width of the buffer can vary depending on factors such as the size of the stream, the steepness of the surrounding land, and the intensity of nearby land uses. Maintaining a healthy stream buffer is crucial for protecting water quality and preserving the ecological function of our waterways.

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