There are many ways to improve natural stream functions, streambank stability, and native plant diversity in your own backyard. You can play a key role in preventing and reducing harm to the stream ecosystem.
Several of the stream care practices discussed are specific to streamside landscapes, but most are relevant to every landscape. We can all help prevent flood damage, protect wildlife habitat, and minimize pollution.
If your property is located along a stream then some, if not all, of your landscape is in the riparian zone. Consequently, your landscaping and homesite planning choices
have significant and more immediate effects on stream health and water quality. The goal is to balance the needs of your landscape with the needs of the larger ecosystem.