The Importance of the Riparian Component
The goal of the Clean Water Act (established in 1972) is to restore the physical and biological integrity of our nations streams. In recent years, there has been a new interest in applying a more holistic approach to maintaining our nations streams and an increased awareness of what other important functions our river and stream ecosystems provide.

Among the discoveries being made is that 'vegetation may be the single most important component to stream channel stability and biological function' (Rosgen1997). Oxbow strives to fulfill the goals of the Clean Water Act on a daily basis and incorporate into their designs a large amount of riparian vegetation to aid in maintaining a healthy stream ecosystem. Explore the links below to learn more about Riparian Ecology and its relation to our nations rivers and streams.
River Continuum Concept
River Continuum Concept

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