Watershed Condition and Riparian Health: Linkages

by Russell A. LaFayette, USDA Forest Service, United States,
Leonard F. DeBano, USDA Forest Service, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Watershed Planning and Analysis in Action


This paper discusses linkages between riparian areas and their contributing watersheds and how using this knowledge will enhance overall watershed management success. The paper presents three concepts and supporting figures to assist in understanding the relationships between watershed condition and riparian health. The first addresses the commonality, or likelihood, of possible combinations of the two factors. The second presents the acceptability of these combinations to managers and their publics. The third concept integrates the previous two in a way to: (1) aid understanding in assessment of existing conditions, (2) help in setting improvement goals, and (3) assist in formulating ways to achieve these goals.

Subject Headings: Watersheds | Water pollution | Water quality | Managers | Environmental issues | Riparian water | Ecosystems | Erosion

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