Vegetative buffers keep our streams healthy by filtering chemicals, manure, and other pollutants, providing shade that keeps water temperature low for trout and salmon, and protecting against excessive erosion of streambanks. Riparian buffers also improve fish and wildlife habitat by providing large wood, food, shelter, and migration corridors.
Riparian Restoration Programs
The Tualatin SWCD administer two riparian restoration programs that offer technical and financial assistance for farm or rural landowners to establish riparian buffers and meet water quality regulations.
- Enhanced CREP offers planting assistance, annual payments, and financial incentives to landowners who enroll stream side property.
- VEGBACC offers landowners free planting material and cost-sharing for buffer maintenance.
For more information on these programs contact the Tualatin SWCD.