Riparian Rights Agreement

Fourth, incentives such as cost-sharing, low-cost loans or tax reductions can be used to promote best practices in private shorelines, and can also benefit from special technical assistance and education. At the national level, several Farm Bill programs encourage the relocation of intensive agricultural practices from streams; several states have similar programs. The protection of riparian areas has been addressed in a variety of ways (Table 4-1). One approach exemplified by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) – and similar laws in some states – is to require the identification and analysis of adverse environmental effects caused by federal measures, as well as consideration of less polluting alternatives. Such an approach is not specific to riparian areas nor does it require their protection, but it does guarantee attention to their environmental values if they were possibly affected by a proposed federal action. Examples of environmental impact statements focusing on riparian values are discussed in this chapter. As the value of the benefits of water in the influx has increased, including the essential role of water in supporting the ecological functioning of river corridors, water legislation has expanded. Riparian states are developing permit systems, many of which take environmental aspects into account, and instream uses are increasingly recognized as legitimate uses for river water. As shown in Table 4-4, some states allow federal authorities to acquire water rights that could be important for the protection of riparian areas, given that federal authorities tend to have different environmental objectives than those expressed by national law. Schultz, R.C., J. P. Colletti, T.M.

Isenhart, W. W. Simpkins, C. W. Mize and M. L. Thompson. 1995. Design and placement of a multi-species buffer strip system. Agroforst systems 29:201-226. The North-West Forest Plan for the Land in the Northern Fleckeneule region is the greatest application of riverbank conservation and restoration as part of a landscape management plan. This plan for the Land uses the tree heights of potential sites as a functional basis for the delimitation of riparian reserves.

The height of the tree, which varies according to nature and region, represents the height of the dominant trees above the estate. Riparian reserves are two tree heights wide (approx. 300-450 ft) on each side of multi-year streams and a wide potential site tree height in intermittent and ephemeral streams. All meadows are protected and there is no timber harvest. Standard management criteria provide that there is no timber harvesting on waterfront reserves unless it is necessary to build forests to achieve the desired ecological conditions along the creek corridors. The reduction of stocks of young is allowed only to accelerate the reconstitution of forests and the development of more natural patterns of forest structure. These shoreline reserves represent 2.6 million acres (about 11 percent) of the land base under the Northwest Forest Plan. Despite the lack of explicit references to usFS riparian areas that allow legislation, shoreline protection is an important goal for national forests and grasslands.

The Agency`s 1990 strategic plan, which focused in particular on improving recovery and fish and wildlife resources, identified the impact of management measures on riparian areas as one of the main problems facing the Agency (Mohai and Jakes, 1996). Beginning in 1993, the Agency made riparian wetland management a priority and strengthened the use of watershed analysis and assessment, changing management practices, and implementing an aggressive recovery strategy. . . .