Properly Maintaining Effective Buffer Zones
Learn Why It Matters to You.
Actions – both big and small – have a profound effect on the health of the Reedy River, and one way area citizens can help is by understanding how to maintain effective buffer zones.
A buffer zone, or riparian buffer, is an area next to a stream, lake, or river that contains a combination of trees, shrubs, and other perennial plants, which protect water quality and filter pollutants. The roots of buffer plants hold soil in place. This helps to prevent erosion and flooding, which can cause major harm to aquatic environments and wildlife.
If you have a body of water running along your property, don’t cut back the surrounding vegetation. And if you already have, re-plant the area with native grasses, trees, shrubs, and plants.
Want to learn more? The Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District explains more here.