Definitions for "Riparian areas"
land areas adjacent to water that are identified by the presence of vegetation requiring large amounts of water, normally available from a high water table. Common riparian vegetation includes sedges, willows, alders and/or cottonwoods.
An area of streamside vegetation including the stream bank and adjoining floodplain, which is distinguishable from upland areas in terms of vegetation, soils, and topography.
The area of land and water forming a transition from aquatic to terrestrial ecosystems along streams, lakes, and open water wetlands.