Why are riparian areas important?

Ecological Functions: Riparian areas support
the health of the ecosystem.

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Promotes plant growth

Reduces and dissipates energy

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Filters & buffers water

Stores water and energy

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Maintains biodiversity

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Builds and maintains banks and shorelines

Traps and stores sediment

Recharges

aquifers

“When you consider the many ecological goods and services that riparian areas contribute to the ecosystem, you begin to realize that this small percentage of the land base in Alberta is in a class of its own.”


— Central Alberta Farmer 

Goods and Services: Riparian areas
benefit people and communities.

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Hunting and angling opportunities

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Groundwater well security

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Water storage

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Recreational, cultural or wildlife viewing opportunities

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Erosion and sedimentation control

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Increased resiliency to flood and drought

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Affordable
drinking water

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Livestock shelter, forage and grazing opportunities