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    Riparian Zone

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    The role of riparian zones cannot be understated in relation to water quality and wildlife habitat. A riparian zone refers to stream bank system, including the stream, soils, flora, and fauna within it. Riparian buffers, specifically, are one of the most significant structures to implement along streams and rivers because of the structure’s many functions and abilities. Riparian buffer zones act as a canopy to shade and cool stream temperatures, as a filter strip to attenuate sediment, pollutant, and nutrient runoff, and as a wildlife habitat, all wrapped into one. Riparian buffers also act as corridors, connecting one forest segment to another, which aids in the movement of migratory wildlife and those with larger home ranges. To explore the significance of these areas, one must look at how they function simultaneously to serve as wildlife corridors, filters, and stream shade. Under most circumstances, managing for wildlife should include the following criteria: Managing riparian vegetation, preventing pollution and sedimentation of water, and ensuring proper vegetation and forest type are the primary focuses of management. Since the first European settlement, over 70% of wetlands in the United States have been destroyed, mostly due to agriculture, mining, and urbanization. (Kelly, 2014) The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Land Reclamation Division ensures that all active mining sites in Illinois are reclaimed and properly restored in order to promote wildlife…

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    “By nightfall, he said, more than 100 bridges spanning or near water had been inspected, with no major problems detected (Boorston).” The public immediately supported the bridge inspection program. There are many common disasters that could occur, scouring being one of the most common. “There were 17 other bridge failures due to scour in the northeastern states during the spring of 1987, and have been over 500 such failures recorded since 1950 (Field, 149).” Conclusion The cause of the…

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    unfeasible options from a technical or economical point of view. Hard-erosion control is an appropriate long-term option to prevent critical erosion on at-risk coastlines. However, a significant limitation in the use of hard-erosion control is imposed by the relatively high cost of the materials employed for construction of erosion-control structures. The most commonly employed materials for coastal protection structures used in populated coastlines (e.g., seawalls, revetments, groins, and…

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    instead of tripping over a barnacle cover tree stump that lurked beneath murky water, no longer on open display. My clearer view of reality assures me that no such dark forces are a play. Rather, temperatures are on the rise, melting the arctic glaciers and forcing the inflation of the sea levels. The Ocean is simply reclaiming what the cold once took from her. The waves that used to run beneath my feet and make my toes curl and dig into the sand could now swallow me at the…

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    Gary Snyder was one of the American Beat Writers in the 1950s and the1960s. He is a poet and environmentalactivist.His poetry filled with “wilderness thoughts” and “eco-voices”. Snyder broadly points out preservation and sustainability of flora and fauna. His very first book Riprap (1959)demonstrated the physical surrounding and experience with nature. Snyder used simple language that has been easily understood. Glyn Maxwell said that Snyder’s hallmark of poetry is simplicity, distance and…

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    and C.H. Stevenson. 1908. The Book of the Pearl. Century Co., New York. 548 pp. Layzer, J.B., Gordon, M.E., and R.M. Anderson. 1993. Mussels: the forgotten fauna of regulated rivers. A case study of the Caney Fork River. Regulated Rivers: Research & Management 8: 63-71. Lee, R.D. 1973. Allegheny River dredging study, June 1972 - July 1973. Unpublished report, Pennsylvania Fish Commission, Harrisburg. Lewandowski, K. and A. Stanczykowska. 1975. The occurrence and role of bivalves of the family…

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