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Riparian Zones


Riparian land is any land that is next to, or directly influences a body of water. It includes areas adjacent to creeks and rivers, gullies and dips which sometimes run water, wetlands or areas surrounding dams and lakes.

  • Walk along a creek during winter and see where the majority of water is entering waterways. It may be that most of the water follows drainage lines or low areas. If so, fence up (part or all) of the drainage line to slow the water prior to entering the riparian zone. This will allow it to filter through the drainage line and riparian zone instead of rushing straight past it.

Photo: Riparian Zone

  • Retain and improve existing frontage vegetation. Grow vegetation on the bank itself (smaller trees near the bottom) to aid in stabilising it, and providing shade shelter for aquatic life in the water.

  • Allow snags to remain in streams to provide habitat.

  • Riparian vegetation should include indigenous grasses, reeds and shrubs as well as trees.

  • Riparian vegetation will also provide stock and surrounding pastures with shelter. This may improve production and sustainability of the surrounding land.

  • If a crown frontage lease applies, then reduced rentals are available if ungrazed.
Photo: A healthy riparian zone with a good mix of species and qquatic vegetation
A healthy riparian zone with a good mix of species
and quatic vegetation.
Photographs by: Rawdon Sthradher (Fine Focus Photography)

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