Riparian Buffers

What is a riparian buffer?

A riparian buffer is the area of land next to a creek, stream, or river - the streambanks and floodplain area. In nature, riparian buffers can include trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers.


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Why are riparian buffers important?

Riparian buffers decrease streambank erosion, filter sediments and pollutants commonly found in runoff, provide stormwater storage, increase wildlife habitat, provide cooler water and air temperatures, and increase groundwater infiltration.

Riparian buffers provide environmental and recreational benefits to creeks, streams, and rivers, and improve water quality and downstream land areas.

How can YOU participate?

You are invited to volunteer at a location near you!  This year, for the 9th Annual Riparian Project, held March 5, 2016, we have planting sites in Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, Siloam Springs, Prairie Grove, Healing Springs and Oklahoma. Volunteer activities include planting tree and shrub seedlings as well as conducting creek clean-up at each location. Tools available but limited, shovels welcome! Contact IRWP Resource Specialist at or call (479) 215-6623 for further information.  

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2016 Riparian Flyer

(2016 Riparian Flyer PDF)


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