Riparian Buffer Bypassing in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

The Chesapeake Bay is a valuable resource to its bordering states, both economically and biologically. Unfortunately, the Bay experiences high sediment and nutrient pollution from agricultural runoff entering the streams and rivers which are located within its watershed. These excess nutrients lead to algal blooms and depleted oxygen, resulting in die-offs of larger fish species. The Environmental Protection Agency has promoted Best Management Practices such as forested Riparian Buffer strips in attempts to remove these pollutants from the river systems. Riparian buffer strips are areas of land planted with vegetation and forests along the edges of agricultural fields.

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