Riparian Zone Protection & Restoration

Our Local Watershed Assessment Tool and other studies show that a major factor in watershed health is the state of its streamside, or riparian, corridors. There are ways that your community can use land use regulation to protection these important areas, and also ways that riparian landowners can protect and restore them. Below are links to resources that may help to you protect and/or restore riparian areas.

The state of Connecticut watersheds and their riparian corridors

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Local Watershed Assessment Tool: The Story Map

CLEAR’s latest assessment of watershed health, statewide, using new high resolution land cover data.

Protecting riparian corridors through land use regulation

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The Case for Riparian Corridor Protections: Zoning Strategies to Reduce Pollution of Inland Waters and Resultant Hypoxia of Long Island Sound

This recent report by the Western CT Council of Governments is a thorough statewide assessment of riparian regulatory protections, with recommendations on what needs to be done.

Restoring riparian corridors

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A Planting Guide for Riparian Sites Along the Connecticut Coast

A publication with information about riparian areas along Connecticut’s coast, and what to plant there.

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Coastal Landscaping Guide for Long Island Sound

A website with information and tools on replanting coastal riparian areas.