Analytical Frameworks for Wetland and Riparian Buffers in Agricultural Settings
Learn how to THINK about wetland and riparian buffers in agricultural settings.
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Triple M Ranch Wetland Restoration Project Manager
Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association
Point Blue Conservation Science
Vice President of Production
Ocean Mist/Sea Mist Farms
Associate Professor, Science and Environmental Pol
California State University Monterey Bay
Hector's Organic Farm
Resource Conservation District of Monterey County
Serrano Organic Farm
This one-day workshop trained participants in how to improve their analyses in consideration of the use of buffers for wetland and riparian areas in agricultural settings. Presenters trained participants in analytical frameworks for determining if and how buffers could be effective at providing pollution prevention and wildlife habitat benefits, how implementation of buffers affects farming, and how to engage with stakeholders when considering buffer implementation. The workshop included hands-on, skills-improving exercise, including field exercises, to improve integration of course material.
Instructors have expertise in the wide range of subjects key to better understanding the subject matter. Workshop instructor Marc Los Huertos, with CSU Monterey Bay, has extensive research and practical experience in analyzing buffer effects on reducing water pollution in agricultural settings. Instructor Carlie Henneman, with Point Blue Conservation Science, draws on her own as well as her organization’s experience with wildlife ecology and buffers in training others in improved conservation approaches. Presenter Dale Huss, with Ocean Mist Farms, has extensive experience with successful farming operations and management practices that reduce agricultural impacts to surrounding lands. Paul Robins, Executive Director of the Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Monterey County, will share the region’s wealth of RCD experience engaging stakeholders with conservation practices such as buffers. During an in-depth field training session, participants will also have opportunities to discuss farming operations and buffers with Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) affiliated Francisco Serrano (Serrano Organic Farm), Hector Mora (Hector’s Organic Farm), and Guilebaldo Nuñez (Nuñez Farms) as well as Kaley Grimland- ALBA’s Triple M Ranch Wetland Restoration Project Manager.
The workshop included indoor presentations, group discussion, and exercises as well as field-based training near the indoor workshop venue. Both the indoor and field-based training elements focused on training participants in analysis of wildlife, water pollution, and agricultural considerations to determine if and how buffers might be appropriate. The workshop included numerous exercises to improve participant skills at completing such analyses. Participants had the opportunity to integrate the broader indoor/lecture training by examining a field site where both wetland and riparian buffers adjoin agricultural land. This field component included the more specific, site-based analyses typical when deciding if a buffer is appropriate for the goals at a given site. And, during this field-based training, participants were able to discuss with the stakeholders how such approaches affect their agricultural and land management.
The indoor presentations took place at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve, and the afternoon field-based training took place at two locations, each short drives from the Reserve.
By attending the course, participants significantly improved their skill at:
- Determining how buffers might reduce water pollutants
- Determining how buffers might improve wildlife habitat
- Determining how buffers might affect adjacent farming
- Understanding basic principles in collaborating with stakeholders to better sustain social, economic, and ecological goals
- What are buffers?
- Goals setting and prioritization when considering protection strategies for wetland and riparian areas
- Pollution prevention
- Wildlife habitat protection
- Interactions between agriculture and buffers
- Stakeholder engagement with buffer implementation
Documents and Publications
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|DOCUMENT||AUTHOR / SOURCE|
|Agenda: Analytical Frameworks for Wetland and Riparian Buffers in Agricultural Settings
|Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training
|Presentation: Managing buffers to meet water quality goals
|Marc Los Huertos
California State University, Monterey Bay
|Riparian habitat management for reptiles and amphibians on Corps of Engineers projects
RMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION
|Support River Restoration: Science shows restoration works â€“ for wildlife, nature, and people
|PRBO Conservation Science
Elkhorn Coastal Training
|A review of vegetated buffers and a meta-analysis of their mitigation efficacy in reducing nonpoint source pollution
|Zhang, X.Y., Liu, X.M., Zhang, M.H., Dahlgren, R.A. & Eitzel, M.
Journal of Environmental Quality 39: 76-84
|Major factors influencing the efficacy of vegetated buffers on sediment trapping: A review and analysis
|Liu, Xingmei; Zhang, Xuyang; Zhang, Minghua
Journal of Environmental Quality 37: 1667-1674
|Maximizing benefits from riparian revegetation efforts: local-and landscape-level determinants of avian response
|Gardali, T. & Holmes, A.L.
Environmental Management 48: 28-37
|Multiple functions of buffer strips in farming areas
|Borin, Maurizio; Passoni, Matteo; Thiene, Mara; Tempesta, Tiziano
European journal of agronomy
|Nitrate attenuation in groundwater: a review of biogeochemical controlling processes
|Rivett, M.O., Buss, S.R., Morgan, P., Smith, J.W. & Bemment, C.D.
Water Research 42: 4215-4232
|Phosphorus retention and remobilization in vegetated buffer strips: a review
|Roberts, William M; Stutter, Marc I; Haygarth, Philip M
Journal of Environmental Quality 41: 389-399
|Relationships between soil physicochemical, microbiological properties, and nutrient release in buffer soils compared to field soils.
|Stutter, M.I. & Richards, S.
Journal of Environmental Quality 41: 400-409
|Riparian buffer strips as a multifunctional management tool in agricultural landscapes: introduction
|Stutter, M.I., Chardon, W.J. & Kronvang, B.
Journal of Environmental Quality 41: 297-303
|Road sediment: characterization and implications for the performance of vegetated strips for treating road run-off
Science of The Total Environment
|The Tarland catchment initiative and its effect on stream water quality and macroinvertebrate indices.
|Bergfur, J., Demars, B., Stutter, M., Langan, S. & Friberg, N.
Journal of Environmental Quality 41: 314-321
|Transport of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts through vegetated buffer strips and estimated filtration efficiency
|Atwill, Edward; R Hou, Lingling; Karle, Betsy; M Harter, Thomas; Tate, Kenneth W; Dahlgren, Randy A
Applied and Environmental Microbiology 68: 5517-5527
|Vegetated buffer strips can lead to increased release of phosphorus to waters: A biogeochemical assessment of the mechanisms.
|Stutter, M.I., Langan, S.J. & Lumsdon, D.G.
Environmental science & technology 43: 1858-1863
|Vegetative buffer zones as pesticide filters for simulated surface runoff
|Syversen, Nina; Bechmann, Marianne
Ecological Engineering 22: 175-184
|Why climate change makes riparian restoration more important than ever: recommendations for practice and research
|Seavy, N.E., Gardali, T., Golet, G.H., Griggs, F.T., Howell, C.A., Kelsey, R., Small, S.L., Viers, J.H. & Weigand, J.F.
Ecological Restoration 27: 330-338
|Buffer strips for stream temperature control
|Brazier, Jon Roger; Brown George Wallace
Forest Research Laboratory; School of Forestry, Oregon State University
|California riparian habitat restoration handbook
|Griggs, F Thomas
|Conservation buffers: design guidelines for buffers, corridors, and greenways
US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station
|Design recommendations for riparian corridors and vegetated buffer strips
|Richard A. Fischer and J. Craig Fischenich
US Army Engineer Research and Development Center
|The riparian bird conservation plan: a strategy for reversing the decline of riparian associated birds in California
|Riparian Habitat Joint Venture
California Partners in Flight
|Width of riparian zones for birds
|Fischer, R. & Theriot, R.F.
Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station
Central Coast Water Quality Data Synthesis, Assessment and Management (SAM) Project
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