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Multi-species buffers
Combines woody and non-woody plant material to address chemicals and sediment in surface runoff and runoff from adjacent crop fields. They also stabilize streambanks, improve aquatic and terrestrial habitat and slow flood flows.
Streambank bioengineering
Combinations of plant material and rock that is placed along specific unstable streambanks.
Boulder weirs
In-stream structures that stabilize the stream bed, streambanks and improve aquatic habitat.
Rotational Grazing
Riparian practices that reduce the physical impact of livestock on streambanks and reduce the input of nutrients and other by-products of livestock.
Constructed Wetlands
Wetlands that are specifically constructed to intercept the chemically loaded discharge from field drainage tiles.
Buffer Maintenance
Buffers require initial and regular maintenance to get established and stay efficient.

RiMS are very flexible and should be designed for each specific site. Not all BMP's are needed in every situation.

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