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Where the Land and Water Meet: A Guide for Protection and Restoration of Riparian Areas

Where the Land and Water Meet: A Guide for Protection and Restoration of Riparian Areas

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Where the Land and Water Meet
 A Guide for Protection and Restoration of Riparian Areas
Prepared by theUSDA Natural Resources Conservation ServiceTolland, CTSeptember 2003
Where the Land and Water Meet
 A Guide for Protection and Restoration of  Riparian Areas
People need available clean water to live. This is one of many environmental reasons why protection of surfacewater resources, such as streams and lakes, is important.The areas adjacent to surface water, also known as riparian areas, play a significant role in water quality, water quantity, and ecosystem health. As a result, riparian areas have been the focus of much research, regulation, andconservation work.The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Connecticut recognizes the importance of riparian areas and considers them a valuable natural resource. NRCS has produced this
do- it-yourself 
handbook on how to protect and restore riparian areas in an effort to meet the high demand for information and technicalassistance on riparian areas.For additional copies, contactUSDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service344 Merrow Road, Suite ATolland, CT 06268(860) 871-4011or visit the website atwww.ct.nrcs.usda.gov
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race,color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of  program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (Voice andTDD).To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326W, Whitten Building, 14
andIndependence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equalopportunity provider and employer.
This handbook was prepared by the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Acknowledgements aregiven to the
Stream Releaf Forest Buffer Toolkit 
, published by the Pennsylvania DEP (September 1998) for boththe information and the format.
Prepared By:
Javier Cruz, District ConservationistUSDA Natural Resources Conservation Service238 West Town Street, Norwich, CT 06360
The following individuals contributed valuable information that assisted in the production of this report:
 Nels E. Barrett, PhD, Biologist, USDA NRCS
Laurie Boynton, The Land Preservation Alliance
Sally Butler, Forester, USDA NRCS New England Interdisciplinary Resources Technical Team
Mark Edmonds, USDA NRCS, Resource Conservationist
Kathleen M. Johnson, USDA NRCS, District Conservationist
Shawn J. McVey, Assistant State Soil Scientist, USDA NRCS
Peter Piccone, Wildlife Biologist, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Wildlife Division
The following individuals provided comments and expert advice that contributed to the contents of this report:
Howard B. Denslow, USDA NRCS
Paul M. Capotosto, CT DEP
Carol Donzella, USDA NRCS
Vivian Felten, USDA NRCS
Alan M. Levere, CT DEP
Kenneth J. Metzler, CT DEP
James E. Murphy, CT DEP
Donald J. Mysling, CT DEP
Susan Peterson, CT DEP
Joseph E. Polulech, USDA NRCS
Joyce Purcell, USDA NRCS
Charlotte Pyle, PhD, USDA NRCS
Fernando A. Rincon, USDA NRCS
Elizabeth Rogers, USDA NRCS
Walter K. Smith, USDA NRCS
Margery Winters, Rivers Alliance of Connecticut
Chris Wood, Woodbury Town Planner 
Cover Design:
John Johnson

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