Habitat occurring along the bank of a waterway. Vegetated ecosystems found along any stream or river. These areas characteristically have a high water table and are subject to periodic flooding and influence from the adjacent water body.
Pertaining to the bank of a natural course of water, whether seasonal or annual. Riparian habitat is defined by the surrounding vegetation or presence of known wildlife movement pathways; it borders or surrounds a waterway.
The word "ripa" means shore or bank in Latin. The riparian woodland is found along Sabino Creek. It has the greatest variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects. It is where the fall-deciduous trees grow.
areas adjacent to rivers and streams with plants adapted to moist growing conditions found along waterways and shorelines. These areas are frequently important to wildlife habitat because of their greater density and succulence.
The areas of vegetation on the banks/sides of streams, rivers and other bodies of water. These areas help remove sediments from water, reduce erosion and flooding and support wildlife populations, including providing fisheries habitat.
the area of land adjacent to a stream or river that is influenced by stream-induced or related processes. Riparian areas which are saturated or flooded for prolonged periods would be considered wetlands and could be described as riparian wetlands. However, some riparian areas are not wetlands (e.g. an area where alluvium is periodically deposited by a stream during floods but which is well drained).
areas adjacent to streams and rivers where vegetation is strongly influenced by the presence of water. Saturation by water does not necessarily have to be an existing factor as in the definition of wetlands given by Cowardin (1992)
bordering water; at the water's edge; the water influence zone. "Riparian area or Riparian Zone" refers to the vegetation that grows on or near the banks of streams, rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water.
Riparian areas occur next to the banks of streams, lakes, and wetlands, and include both the area dominated by continuous high moisture content and the adjacent upland vegetation that exerts an influence on it.
Land areas that are directly influenced by water. They usually have visible vegetative or physical characteristics showing this water influence. Streamside, lake borders, or marshes are typical riparian areas.
refers to the banks of a stream or river, usually characterized by hydrophilic (water-loving) vegetation. Safe-site: the environment immediately surrounding a seed which is favourable to germination and establishment. Syn: microsite, microhabitat
Pertaining to the environment of river and stream banks and flood plains. Sometimes the term is used more broadly for wet, mostly terrestrial, environment around any fresh water body, including seeps or springs.
Pertaining to the banks of a water course. The owner of land adjacent to a watercourse is called a riparian owner. The rights of the riparian owner related to that watercourse are called riparian rights.
The riverside or riverine environment next to a stream channel. There is no specific measured distance constitituting the riparian area; instead, it refers to the extent of habitat on either side of a river or stream channel that is clearly dependent on that river or stream.
Referring to the transition area between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. The riparian zone includes the channel migration zone and the vegetation directly adjacent. to the water body, that influence channel habitat through alteration of microclimate or input of LWD.
Of, on or relating to the banks of a natural course of water. The landscape areas adjacent to a stream or river that have vegetation, soil, and hydrologic mosaics that are distinct from the predominate landscape surface types. In a broad sense, the riparian zone is both a transition and interface between riverine and upland systems. Functionally and structurally, riparian areas are different from surrounding uplands because of proximity to a watercourse. Riparian areas have unique features that provide desirable habitat for a variety of species. The same features that make these ecosystems relatively rare and important also make them relatively sensitive. Hydrologic changes to the waterbody also alter the associated riparian ecosystem. Riparian ecosystems generally occupy relatively small areas, and their occurrence along waterways makes them vulnerable to severe alteration caused by a variety of development activities.