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DEP Publishes Riparian Forest Buffer Guidance

Posted: December 6, 2010

The Department of Environmental Protection published Riparian Forest Buffer Guidance as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on November 27, 2010.

The guidance outlines recommendations for restoration and protection of riparian forest buffers that are useful in mitigating or controlling point and non-point source pollution to surface waters. The primary purpose of this guidance is to assist DEP staff in developing general buffer recommendations for regulatory, voluntary, and grant programs. It will also serve to assist any interested entities (municipal, regional, state, federal, and others) in understanding the functions and values of riparian forest buffers, the importance of sustaining and enhancing riparian forest buffers, and in developing appropriate science-based guidelines or policies.

Diane Wilson| Chief, Watershed Support Section
Department of Environmental Protection
Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: 717-787-3730 | Fax: 717-787-9549