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Tennessee Develops Riparian Buffer Handbook

Earlier this fall, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry (TDF) released the Urban Riparian Buffer Handbook, a Practical Guide to Establishing Healthy Streamside Buffers. This new publication, available at no cost, provides step-by-step guidance on planning, organizing, and conducting successful volunteer-based riparian buffer tree planting projects. These projects can help Tennessee stormwater programs […]

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Restoration Strategies Approved for Chesapeake Bay

On July 23, the Chesapeake Executive Council announced the release of 25 management strategies for restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, including its tributaries, wetlands, and diverse ecological habitats. The announcement was made at the council’s annual meeting to set goals and guidance for the partnership. The strategies summarize the Chesapeake Bay Program’s plans […]

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Minnesota Passes Law Requiring 50-Foot Stream Buffers

On June 13, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law legislation requiring new perennial vegetation buffers of up to 50 ft (15 m) along rivers, streams, and ditches. The new law, S.F. 5, is expected to designate an additional 44,515 ha (110,000 ac) of land for water quality buffer strips. S.F. 5 requires 50-ft buffers […]

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Pennsylvania Passes Law Reducing Stream Buffer Requirements

On Oct. 22, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) approved H.B. 1565, which removes the 46-m (150-ft) buffer requirement for streams in the state’s most pristine watersheds. Since Nov. 2010, projects disturbing more than half a hectare (1 ac) were required to maintain a 46-m buffer around surface waters adjacent to the state’s “high quality” or […]

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