Buffer Your Backyard
Excerpted from the newsletter of Stewardship Virginia,
a statewide initiative to help citizens enhance and conserve
Virginia’s natural and cultural resources.
If you own property along a stream, wetland or shoreline,
consider buffering it. Buffers are plants other than grass
along the water’s edge. They filter and slow water
draining into a waterway. Excess water running off lawns,
roadways and sidewalks during storms can pick up unprotected
soil, toxic substances, heavy metals and nutrients that may
have been applied to land. These pollutants harm the health
of local waterways and larger watersheds.
- Learn how to create a buffer by downloading the Alliance
for the Chesapeake Bay’s “Backyard
- Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act and Regulations require
a minimum 100-foot wide riparian buffer in Tidewater Virginia
localities. Download the VA Department of Conservation
and Recreation’s “Got
- Want to know more about riparian forest buffers,
tree planting for conservation and how you can help the
VA Department of Forestry plant more trees in the state?
For information on your county’s activities visit
the DOF website.
- Use native plants for conservation,
restoration and landscaping. For a free list of native
plants by region, habitat, type and recommended use, call
the Va Department of Conservation and Recreation at 802-786-7951
their website native plant section.