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Riparian Ecology

Aerial Photo of Sacramento River Meandering Channel

The word riparian is derived from “ripa” in Latin which literally translates as a river bank.  The riparian zone is the interface between land and a stream.  Riparian habitat is formed from the diversity of plants that thrive in this dynamic interface where aquatic and terrestrial worlds interact.  Riparian habitat is extremely important to wildlife and public safety, yet the majority of this habitat type no longer exits.  River Partners works to rebuild this important vegetation through riparian restoration.  Restoration design requires an understanding of the physical river processes that determine plant growth, as well as the structure that is formed when certain plants are combined.  The creation of wildlife habitat and protection from flood damage are the driving forces behind River Partners’ restoration designs. These web pages were designed to outline the basic science behind riparian restoration.


Riparian Restoration & Conservation

Riparian brush rabbit

At the beginning of the Gold Rush, California's Great Central Valley had over 900,000 acres of riverside forests and grasslands -- a riparian corridor that supported over 300 species of fish, songbirds, waterfowl, and mammals. 95% of this riparian habitat has been lost. If riparian areas continue to vanish, local governments and communities will bear the burden of the consequences: more damage from floods, declines to salmon and trout fisheries, erosion of private and public lands and infrastructure, extinction of wildlife, and loss of water quality. To reverse this devastating loss, River Partners restores unprofitable land into productive riparian habitat. The benefits of restoring riparian habitats can be seen in these web pages..

Reports & Articles

Recreation on Sacramento River

This page contains links to reports and articles written by River Partners that are available online.