Content tagged "rangeland water"

What is a Riparian Area?

Updated: August 29, 2014

Written by Mindy Pratt, Utah State UniversityThe term “riparian” is defined as vegetation, habitats, or ecosystems that are associated with bodies of water...

Types of Riparian Areas - Is it Lentic or Lotic?

Updated: October 05, 2012

Written by Mindy Pratt, Utah State UniversityThe water of riparian areas makes them different from the adjacent terrestrial uplands. Water bodies can be...

Riparian Health - Understanding if you have Adequate Vegetation

Updated: January 26, 2012

Streambank erosion is a physical process that occurs along virtually all natural channels. Not only is it a normal part of channel evolution and meander...

Riparian Health - Understanding the Role of Beavers in Riparian Areas

Updated: January 26, 2012

Beavers are key agents of riparian-wetland succession because the dams they build act as hydrologic modifiers. When a beaver dam is constructed, a flowing...

Rosgen Type Aa+ Streams

Updated: January 26, 2012

Type Aa+ streams are very steep (greater than 10% grade), well entrenched, have a low width-depth ratio, and are totally confined. The streambed is typically...

Rosgen Type B Streams

Updated: January 26, 2012

Type B streams are typically moderately entrenched and less steep than Type A streams – usually 2-4 percent. They can be thought of as “babbling brooks” that...

Rosgen Type C Streams

Updated: January 26, 2012

Type C streams are located in narrow to wide valleys, constructed from alluvial deposition. They have a well developed floodplain (slightly entrenched), are...

Rosgen Type E Streams

Updated: January 25, 2012

Type E streams represent the developmental “end-point” of channel stability and fluvial process efficiency for certain alluvial streams undergoing a natural...

Rosgen Type F Streams

Updated: January 25, 2012

Type F streams are meandering, entrenched, and highly incised systems in low gradient landforms. In these systems, top-of-bank elevation is much higher than...

Rosgen Classification Method

Updated: January 25, 2012

The Rosgen method is a more detailed way to classify streams than the Strahler method. It is often used by state and federal agencies. It is also known as...

Rosgen Type G Streams

Updated: January 25, 2012

Type G streams or “gullies” are entrenched, narrow, and deep, step/pool channels with a low to moderate sinuosity. Channel slopes are generally steeper than...

Riparian Health - Understanding Root Masses and Bank Stability

Updated: August 16, 2011

Vegetation is important in slowing flow velocity, stabilizing streambanks, and reducing erosion. Streambanks dominated by vegetation without extensive root...

Riparian Health - Evaluating the Health of Riparian Areas - An Overview

Updated: August 16, 2011

To assess the condition of a riparian area, it is necessary to use a defined concept. A riparian area is considered healthy, or properly functioning, when it...

Riparian Area Basics

Updated: May 13, 2011

The term “riparian” is defined as "vegetation, habitats, or ecosystems that are associated with bodies of water (for example streams, springs or ponds)) or...

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