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Streamside Forest Buffers: Improving Water Quality
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Healthy forests bordering streams have a number of positive benefits. First off, these forested buffers prevent pollutants from reaching the water. Secondly, they help the stream naturally cleanse itself of pollutants that have entered the water. The Stroud Water Research Center has received international acclaim for their studies on streamside, forested buffers.
The stormwater management techniques of a small farm in Pennsylvania help protect the local stream as well as the Chesapeake Bay further downstream. “The science is now clear,” says Bernard Sweeney, PhD, Director of the Stroud Water Research, “that widespread implementation of streamside forest buffers is one of the simplest, most cost-effective approaches to eliminating many of the problems of the Chesapeake Bay.”