Riparian Areas

Riparian areas are habitats along rivers and streams (or other water bodies). They provide important habitat and corridors for wildlife, as well as recreation opportunities for people. They help maintain water quality by preventing erosion and stabilizing stream banks. When water becomes scarce, these areas are threatened and can be lost.

Rio Grande, by Rob Atkins, via Adobe Stock Images.

How is it measured?

Riparian area was scored by comparing the current amount of riparian area to historic riparian area in each region.