OSU offers publications on taking care of streams

August 1, 2003

Man walking thru stream.CORVALLIS - Taking care of streams is everyone's business. A new series of pamphlets helps homeowners, landowners, developers and recreation enthusiasts understand how they can make a difference to the health of streams throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The pamphlets, produced by Oregon State University Extension Service and several collaborators, provide succinct information for specific audiences. They list the benefits of streams and adjacent riparian areas, and then outline clear steps that campers, boaters, gardeners or people who own livestock can take to protect streams.

For example, the pamphlet produced for developers provides examples of porous pavements that can reduce runoff, encourage infiltration and filter pollutants. It shows how drains from a parking garage or building can redirect water to a garden area rather than dumping runoff directly into streams.

The pamphlets produced for landowners help you choose streamside vegetation to control erosion without riprap. It outlines steps to maintaining a lawn and garden that will not ooze chemicals into nearby waterways.

The pamphlet series, "Taking Care of Streams in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska" includes:



  • A Homeowner's Guide to Riparian Areas in Western Washington, Western Oregon, and Coastal Alaska (PNW 552);
  • A Homeowner's Guide to Riparian Areas in Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon, and Idaho (PNW 557);
  • A Landowner's Guide to Riparian Areas in Western Washington, Western Oregon, and Coastal Alaska (PNW 558);
  • A Landowner's Guide to Riparian Areas in Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon, and Idaho (PNW 559);
  • A Guide to Riparian Areas in Rangelands (PNW 560);
  • A Recreationist's Guide to Riparian Areas (PNW 561);
  • A Developer's Guide to Riparian Areas (PNW 562).

NOTE TO EDITORS: Downloadable photos from the pamphlets are available at: http://osu.orst.edu/dept/ncs/photos/index.html

Author: Peg Herring
Source: Ron Miner