Riparian Buffers

What is a Riparian Buffer Zone?

A vegetated strip or zone along a stream that protects the stream from impacts of our land use. A healthy riparian zone consists of a combination of trees, grasses, shrubs, and perennials.

Water quality benefits start at just 10 feet of buffer width from the streambank and improve with recommended widths of 15-25 ft, up to 100 ft as space allows.

Saving Your Streambanks Workshops:

Workshop participants will learn about our local watershed and water quality, the benefits of stream side buffers, how to plant and maintain a riparian buffer, how to identify invasive species and methods for removal, and financial assistance options available to you for installation. 

Upcoming Workshops

Coming Soon – Fall 2020

Past Workshops

Hinkston Creek Watershed

Tuesday, Oct 9th, 2018
6-7:30 pm
Neal Welcome Center
108 W Main St, Carlisle, KY 40311

Tuesday, Oct 16th, 2018
6-7:30 pm
Millersburg City Hall Civic Center
1113 Main St, Millersburg, KY 40348 

Monday, Oct 22nd, 2018
6-7:30 pm
Extension Office Meeting Room
106 E Locust St, Mt Sterling, KY 40353

Clarks Run and Hanging Fork Watersheds

Tuesday, Oct 2nd, 2018
6-7:30 pm
Extension Office Meeting Room
99 Corporate Dr, Danville, KY 40422

Thursday, Oct 18th, 2018
6-7:30 pm
Extension Office Meeting Room
104 Metker Trail, Stanford, KY 40484  

Funding Guide:

State and Federal funding available for:

  • Streamside Buffer Plantings (Riparian Area Protection)
  • Limiting Livestock Access to Streams (Fencing and Stream Crossings)

Funding Option:

Agency Contact:

Kentucky State Cost-Share Program (Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Program)

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Riparian Buffer References: 

Invasive Species: 

Who should I contact with questions?

Lindsie Nicholas, P.E. 
Watershed Coordinator