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Shoreline Stabilization and Riparian Zone

A good example of natural shoreline stabilization is at the D River Open Space canal where there are huge willows and lots of shoreline vegetation. The plants provide wildlife habitat for migratory birds and protection for native pond turtles and shade for native fish.

Not everyone is dedicated to having so much vegetation on their property, but even just covering part of a yard with natural vegetation can benefit water quality.

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) new Shoreline Planting Guide - download pdf

Washington State shoreline plant suggestions - Shoreline plants pdf

Riparian Zone

Riparian Lands Tax Incentive Program
Landowners who work with ODFW to draw up a management plan to protect riparian areas on their property may qualify for a property tax exemption when they agree to implement the measures described in the plan.
The Riparian Tax Incentive Law was passed in 1981 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly declared that “it is in the best interest of the state to maintain, preserve, conserve and rehabilitate riparian lands to assure the protection of the soil, water, fish and wildlife resources of the state for the economic and social well-being of the state and its citizens."
Contact your local ODFW fish biologist for more information.
Contact Us - Need more information?
Phone: 503-947-6000 or 800-720-6339 (Toll free in Oregon)
Mail to: ODFW
Information and Education Division
3406 Cherry Ave. NE
Salem, OR 97303

Blue Thumb Program
Love Your Stream?
Then, Love Your Riparian Zone!
Leave your stream in a wild state! The riparian zone is the area along a stream or lake where grasses, trees, and shrubs grow along the banks. A riparian area left intact is one of the best ways a waterbody can be protected. The natural growth along the stream will:
• Add shade to keep water cool, which is better for stream life.
• Provide roots to keep soil in place and stabilize banks.
• Filter pollutants from water.
• Offer wildlife habitat and corridors for movement.
In urban areas, riparian zones are frequently cleared to make more land available for development or to create a "manicured" look. In rural areas, farming activities may be taking place right to the creek's bank. Help your neighbors to understand the value of riparian areas, and give your creek the chance to be a high quality waterbody.
from the Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC)


Blue Green Thumb Watershed Education Program -
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Lincoln City, OR 97367