Kansas Forest Service
Kansans are beginning to realize the important role riparian forests serve in sustaining the quality and supply of our water.
KSU research conducted on the Kansas River following the 1993 flood and a recent study following the 1997 flood on the Verdigris River confirm that trees do a superior job compared to other landcover stabilizing streambanks and keeping sediment out of our streams and ultimately our reservoirs.
Sedimentation of reservoirs and their subsequent reduction in available water supply is a huge issue for Kansans. Compared to the cost of dredging, protecting and establishing riparian forests should be a priority for most Kansas watersheds.
Manhattan, KS 66503