State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2008DE123B
Title: The Effect of Riparian Forested Corridors on Fish Biodiversity in Suburban and Agricultural Landscapes
Project type: Research
Start date: 3/01/2008
End date: 2/28/2009
Congressional district: At-large
Focus categories: Conservation, Water Quality
Keywords: riparian zones, fish, biodiversity, nonpoint pollution
Principal Investigators: Dilworth, Erin; Williams, Chris
Federal funds: $ 1,750
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 3,500
Abstract: Forested riparian corridors have the potential to be greatly beneficial to the biodiversity of a stream community due to their buffering capacity against fertilizer and pesticide runoff, soil erosion, and general stream degradation. Although there are guidelines for corridor widths, there is no hard data showing how wide a riparian buffer needs to be in order to protect the stream from such pollutants. Understanding the factors governing the corridor's function as a filtering buffer increases understanding of how best to utilize riparian forests to protect watersheds in agricultural areas and suburban developments. The primary objective of this study is to understand the factors governing the ability of riparian forest corridors to preserve native biodiversity in the midst of anthropogenic land use; particularly in croplands and suburbia.

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