Shoreline buffer zones

The shoreline buffer zones of streams, rivers and other bodies of water in the Lake Memphremagog watershed are the last defense for the protection of this large potable water reservoir that is the lake. In fact, these shoreline buffer zones play a crucial role in the lake’s protection, and their destruction has been a leading cause of the degradation in the quality of the lake’s water, contributing to its accelerated eutrophication and to the proliferation of cyanobacteria. Luckily, Quebeckers have started to recognize their importance, and a number of municipalities in the watershed have enacted by-laws to formally forbid their destruction, and to require their re-establishment in cases where they have been eliminated. Much renaturalization work remains to be done, but at least this work has begun. To learn more...


Documentation on shoreline buffer zones: 

Why riparian setbacks?

Riparian setbacks are a tool local governments can use to maintain riparian area functions. Prepared by The Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc.

Riparian buffer zone: width, vegetative cover, nitrogen uptake

Scientific literature review and applicable shoreline buffer zone regulations.

Revegetating riparian buffer zones (in French only)

PowePoint presentation by Erich Smith-Peter on renaturalizing shoreline buffer zones.

Riparian buffer zones: width, extent and types of vegetation

Scientific literature review on shoreline buffer zones by Seth Wenger for the Office of Public Service & Outreach, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia.

Riparian buffer zones to protect water quality

Introduction to riparian buffer zones and a revegetation guide.

Understanding the science behind riparian buffer zones: impact on water quality

Document on the impact of shoreline buffer zones on water quality prepared bya C. Klapproth and James E. Johnson.

Research advances in nutrient runoff on sloping land - 2006

Study on shoreline buffer zones carried out by Yong Li, Chao Wang and Hongliang Tang, published by Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management.

Landscape controls on phosphorus loading to boreal lakes: implications for the potential impacts of forest harvesting - 1977

Study on riparian aeras carried out by K.J. Devito, I.F. Creed, R.L. Rothwell, and E.E. Prepas, and published by the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.