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NEMO Nevada (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials)

How can communities protect buffers?

Image of Truckee River showing tall whitetop outcompeting riparian vegetation.

Weeds like perennial pepperweed (tall whitetop)
outcompete diverse riparian vegetation. The
monoculture of noxious weeds fails to stabilize river
banks, resulting in excess erosion.

Some communities have used a variety of tools to protect riparian buffers, including regulatory approaches to guide the location of development. This might involve an overlay zoning ordinance, a new, freestanding ordinance, or amendment of an existing floodplain or stormwater ordinance.

Other communities have used nonregulatory approaches, including outright purchase of the property; purchase or donation of conservation easements; purchase of development rights; stormwater credits; or density compensation. The tool selected should meet the needs of the community as well as the buffer.

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