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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Natural Landscaping Tool Kit

An Annotated Slide Collection - Slide 17


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Local governments can use guidelines or standards incorporated into a stream protection ordinance to protect stream corridors. This requires the preservation of a natural vegetation buffer strip (usually a minimum of 25 ft.) and the strict regulation of structures and impervious surfaces for a specified distance outside the buffer strip. Such ordinances should encourage the planting of native vegetation within the protected area. The width of the regulated area should be tailored to local conditions, depending upon such factors as width of the stream, width of the floodplain and floodway, existence of especially high quality habitats, and whether or not the stream corridor is intended to accommodate recreational trails.


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