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Water: Polluted Runoff

Wetland/Riparian Management

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Wetlands can serve as buffers to help prevent nonpoint source pollution from agricultural sources. (Photo courtesy of NRCS)

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Wetlands can serve as buffers to help prevent nonpoint source pollution from agricultural sources. (Photo courtesy of NRCS)

Wetlands and riparian areas typically occur as natural buffers between uplands and adjacent water bodies. They act as natural filters of nonpoint source pollutants, including sediment, nutrients, pathogens, and metals, to waterbodies, such as rivers, streams, lakes, and coastal waters. It is important to preserve and restore damage to wetlands and riparian areas because these areas can play a significant role in managing adverse water quality impacts. Wetlands and riparian areas help decrease the need for costly stormwater and flood protection facilities.


Information Resources and Centers

  • Stream Restoration Documents
    This is a list of stream restoration documents that the Nonpoint Source Control Branch at EPA headquarters has found to be especially well done.

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Guidance Documents and Manuals

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