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The Clean Water Act (CWA) requires that wetlands be protected from degradation because of their important ecological functions including maintenance of high water quality and provision of fish and wildlife habitat. However, this protection generally does not encompass riparian areas??? "the lands bordering rivers and lakes??? "even though they often provide the same functions as wetlands. Growing recognition of the similarities in wetland and riparian area functioning and the differences in their legal protection led the ...

Riparian Areas: Functions and Strategies for Management 2002, National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.

ISBN-13: 9780309082952