Streams > Riparian Areas
Riparian areas are the vitally important
areas alongside streams, lakes, rivers, wetlands, and oceans.
Vegetation in these areas helps to control erosion,
reduce channelization of streams and rivers, and filter
sediments and pollution in run-off waters before they reach
the water where fish and other animals must survive. Humans,
too, benefit from clean water for drinking, producing healthy
fisheries, and for irrigation.
Shade from vegetation and trees helps
keep the water temperature lower in the summer and works
like insulation in the winter, moderating the water temperature
for aquatic animals, fish, and insects.
Modern forest management techniques
used in Oregon, as well as state laws, rules, and regulations,
protect riparian areas during logging.