Definitions for "Riparian zone"
Forestry Operations & Water Quality] an area adjoining a body of water, normally having soils and vegetation characteristic of floodplains or areas transitional to upland zones. The areas help protect the water by removing or buffering the effects of excessive nutrients, sediments, organic matter, pesticides, or pollutants.
relates to the stream bank and adjacent area which influences, or is influenced by the stream.
areas on the banks of rivers or any watercourse
riverside zone of varying width, depending on context