The Benefits of Well-Managed Stream Corridors
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The lands that border thousands of streams in Wisconsin contain unique and valuable qualities. These border lands-called riparian areas -play a critical role in protecting water quality,' soil, fish and wildlife. Vegetation in these areas filters sediment, nutrients and toxic chemicals that storm water and melting snow carry toward streams. Natural stream corridors also are ecologically very rich: They provide outstanding habitat for game fish and wildlife. For owners of the land and visitors, riparian areas provide a place to fish, hunt, canoe, observe nature or just loaf- away from the sights and sounds of civilization.