Riparian Forest Buffers

Forest Buffer

​Description

Riparian forest buffers are linear wooded areas along rivers and streams that help filter nutrients, sediments and other pollutants from runoff and remove nutrients from groundwater. Forest buffers also help control flooding and erosion while creating habitat for wildlife. mature forest buffers may remove up to 90 percent of the nutrients running off the land. ​

Funding Source

Cost-share grants are available to plant riparian forest buffers through the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program and USDA’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).​

Human Trafficking GET HELP

National Human Trafficking Hotline - 24/7 Confidential

1-888-373-7888 233733 More Information on human trafficking in Maryland

Customer Service Promise

The State of Maryland pledges to provide constituents, businesses, customers, and stakeholders with friendly and courteous, timely and responsive, accurate and consistent, accessible and convenient, and truthful and transparent services.

Take Our Survey

Help Stop Fraud in State Government

The Maryland General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Audits operates a toll-free fraud hotline to receive allegations of fraud and/or abuse of State government resources. Information reported to the hotline in the past has helped to eliminate certain fraudulent activities and protect State resources.

More Information