Riparian Buffers Touted as Water Quality Solution

Penn State researchers recently led a workshop to identify ways to accelerate the planting of riparian buffers to reduce farm runoff from Pennsylvania flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. Riparian buffers have been identified as a way to keep nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment from flowing into the Bay and other waterways worldwide. Workshop participants identified ways to make buffers more workable and economically viable for landowners and communities. For example, buffers planted with willows can not only prevent crop losses, but can also generate farm income.