Riparian buffer restoration is the process of restoring natural function to the land. In Fairfax County, riparian buffer restoration refers to restoring the land next to streams and rivers by planting native vegetation in these areas. Riparian buffer restoration is a complex process which draws on a huge toolbox from engineering and biology that includes invasive plant removal, native plantings, stream realignment, the selected use of stone or biologs and much more.
Fairfax County is conducting a countywide riparian buffer restoration project in collaboration with volunteers and various partners to mitigate stormwater runoff into local streams and to support the Board of Supervisors' adopted Environmental Agenda. The project was approved by the Board of Supervisors on September 13, 2004. The county and its partners completed a detailed evaluation of the inventory of buffer deficiencies from the recently completed countywide stream physical assessment to develop a prioritization scheme and schedule for buffer plantings.
For more information on the Riparian Buffer Restoration Project,
please contact the Stormwater
Planning Division, 703-324-5500, TTY 711.
Residents, businesses, and organizations can do many things to help protect streams. A few examples are listed below:
Fairfax County is working with several partners to conduct the riparian buffer restoration project. Partners are coordinating invasive plant removals, coordinating native plantings, recruiting volunteers to help plant native trees and shrubs at seven established sites, and managing maintenance of invasive and native plants. The partners include:
- Earth Sangha
- Virginia Department of Forestry
- Fairfax County Park Authority
- Northern Virginia Conservation Trust
- Fairfax ReLeaf
For more information on the Riparian Buffer Restoration Project, please contact the Stormwater Planning Division, 703-324-5500, TTY 711.