A recent article by David Deen published in the Keene Sentinel captures how invaluable riparian zones are to the overall well being of a waterbody.
“The riparian zone is the three-dimensional land area (width, length and depth) directly adjacent to a wetland, lake or river that interacts with both the water and land ecosystems.”
Riparian zones serve diverse purposes in their relation to waterbodies. They often serve as a sort of last defense between stormwater/runoff and its direct input into a system. We know this is essential for Great Bay due to the excess of Nitrogen it has been experiencing from increased non-point sources.
Riparian vegetation provides shade, helps stave off erosion problems and serves as an invaluable source of leaf litter which provides habitat for aquatic organisms.