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A healthy stream with a natural riparian buffer and tree canopy that has been preserved.


A stream with no riparian buffer, eroding stream banks, and sediment in the water.

There are many things you can do to help. Here are a few ideas:

  • Discard toxic household items (batteries, paint, motor oil, etc.) responsibly.
  • Reduce or eliminate the chemical fertilizers you use to treat your yard. Instead, compost your grass clippings and use them as a fertilizer.
  • Use natural pest deterrents in your garden instead of harmful pesticides.
  • Plant more trees on your property – this filters our water table and may increase your property value, too.
  • Reduce your property’s storm water runoff by eliminating or reducing asphalt.
  • Install a rain barrel to capture and retain water — this reduces rooftop run-off pollution and saves you money on your water bill, plus there is nothing like rain water to help your garden grow!
  • If the river flows through your property consider adding native plants at the bank to eliminate erosion and add vital oxygen to the water — there are private and public funds available to assist you.
  • If you are a farmer consider installing streamside fencing and alternative water to keep livestock out of the stream. Not only does this help the Middle River, it also helps to improve herd health — there are private and public funds available to assist you.

We can continue to preserve healthy streams or restore them to healthy conditions.

  • Preserving a natural riparian buffer stabilizes the stream banks and filters rainwater flowing into the stream.
  • Preserving a tree canopy shades and cools stream waters and provides leaf litter to feed aquatic insects.
  • Preserving a rocky substrate helps aerate the water and provides stable living spaces for aquatic insects and fish.
  • Preserving a floodplain with pervious surfaces helps filter and hold rainwater as it soaks into the ground