More than 80% of waterways in the H-GAC region fail to meet water quality standards, or screening criteria, for one or more parameters. Conditions are gradually improving but there is still work that needs to be done. A riparian buffer is one way individual landowners can help do their part in improving the region’s water quality.
Riparian buffers are areas or strips of land designed to intercept runoff pollutants such as excess sediment, nutrients, pesticides, pathogens, and other chemicals from entering waterways and contaminating surface water and shallow groundwater. There are many different types of buffers and choosing which buffer type best suits your goal involves research, time, and communication with state and federal agencies. However, the outcome will improve overall water quality and sustain healthy aquatic and riparian habitats while qualifying you for tax exemptions and other incentives.
Please visit our Riparian Buffer website to learn more about your watershed, compare your watershed with others in the region, visualize what a buffer will look like on your property, calculate cost estimates, and find agency contact information for your area.