Landholders and river managers often want to achieve multiple objectives through their management of riparian areas. Sometimes it is possible to simply combine the recommended practices for different objectives. For example, a 10-20m wide grass filter strip could be combined with the replanting of native vegetation immediately adjacent to a stream or creek to meet the multiple objectives of trapping sediment and nutrients, while also providing shade to the stream.
In other cases, it will not be so simple to combine the recommendations, and in most situations there will be a trade-off between what is required to meet one management objective (for example, improving water quality) and what is required for another (for example, to maximise riparian grazing). Decisions on the preferred combinations of riparian zone management will differ according to the priorities and circumstances of the manager.
The most basic source from which we gain understanding is to have first-hand experience, and this is where being able to see the science of riparian restoration being applied is so valuable. The Rivers of Carbon program seeks to share knowledge as widely as possible, and one of the ways we do this is through the RipRap magazine. The magazine is packed full of stories about ‘rivers of carbon’ and how people are managing to protect and rehabilitate rivers, streams and wetlands all over Australia.
A sample of some of the stories in RipRap are provided below, and you can explore the magazine further by following this link. The magazines are available for purchase as a download or in hard copy from the ARRC Shop.