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Riparian Areas
JPG-Photo of a riparian area.
of South Dakota

What is a Riparian Area?

Riparian areas are the "green zones" of water-loving vegetation along waterways, streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and springs. Riparian areas protect water quality, maintain stream function, and provide important fish and wildlife habitat. If managed properly, they provide many benefits to people.

Maintenance of productive riparian areas displays good stewardship of shared resources like water, fish and wildlife. Maintaining riparian area creates friends and allies for your operation.

Well-managed riparian areas buffer the destructive impacts of floods and drought.

The legal and political battles waged elsewhere on riparian issues and problems can be avoided with voluntary efforts now to include riparian management in overall operations.
JPG-Photograph of a deer.

Riparian Management Benefits

  • Improved water quality and fisheries
  • Controlled, less variable streamflows
  • Increased productivity
  • Increased forage quality
  • Improved vegetation and plant diversity
  • Reduced weed growth
  • Higher livestock weaning weights
  • Reduced erosion and land loss
  • Improved habitat for fish and wildlife diversity
  • Reduced livestock injury

This resource is based on the following source:
No author.  No date.  Riparian Areas of South Dakota: Riparian 
     Management Benefits. Various Cooperators. Unpaginated.

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This resource should be cited as:

No author.  No date.  Riparian Areas of South Dakota: Riparian 
     Management Benefits. Various Cooperators. Unpaginated.
     Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online. 
     (Version 02NOV99).

Table of Contents


Conservation Districts of South Dakota
Ducks Unlimited
South Dakota Department of Agriculture
South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources
South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Society for Range Management, South Dakota Section
Soil and Water Conservation Society, South Dakota Chapter
South Dakota Grassland Coalition
US Environmental Protection Agency
US Fish and Wildlife Service
US Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency
US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service

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