Filtering Out Pollution with Riparian Buffers
Speaker: Don Weller, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Summary: In the 1980s, SERC scientists discovered that streamside forests (a.k.a. “riparian buffers”) can absorb water pollution released from uphill areas, including farmlands. Since then, conserving and restoring riparian forests has become one of the most popular, effective methods for protecting aquatic systems like Chesapeake Bay. In this talk, SERC ecologist Don Weller will review SERC’s past and present work on riparian buffers, along with the history of implementing riparian buffers for water pollution control in the Chesapeake watershed. The talk will also highlight the many other benefits of riparian forests that make them good reasons for Bay Optimism. Free and open to all!