Streams & Wetlands
Riparian buffer benefits
Riparian buffers and streamside vegetation provide many benefits for wildlife and people.
Healthy native riparian vegetation provides essential habitat for fish and other aquatic life and corridorsCorridors Wildlife corridor: a stretch of habitat that connects natural areas separated by human activity for wildlife movement
Plants filter pollutants and lessen sediment in streams, providing cleaner water
Riparian areas provide critical access to water, food, protection from predators, and nest sites for birds, amphibians, mammals, pollinators, and more
Plants sequester carbon for long-term benefit, helping mitigate the impacts of climate change
Streamside forests provide cool, shaded water for native fish and “nature’s air-conditioning” for people and wildlife
What you can do
Consider a conservation project along your stream.
Trees and shrubs help block noise and provide privacy and visual beauty.
Self-maintaining native plants decrease the need to manage weeds.
Riparian vegetation helps keep stream or canal banks stable and reduces erosion. (A network of diverse tree and shrub roots knit into the soil to hold it in place.)
Flooding may be reduced with more native vegetation. Plants help with water infiltrationInfiltration Water absorbs into the ground instead of running over the surface
Save money & add value
Properties with native riparian buffers are eligible for reduced property taxes when enrolled with Multnomah County and typically have increased land values.
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