Maintaining a healthy riparian buffer is one of the key ways to keep the Cacapon River clean and free of sediment. Here are a few photographs from a recent trip to review the success of a riparian buffer and streambank restoration project.
It was a beautiful December day to walk the banks of the Cacapon River!
In the background, you can see a “log vane” which is a natural solution to protecting the riverbank from erosion. Large logs are placed against the bank, with large rocks to keep them in place. This log vane was still doing its job 11 years after placement!
Jennifer Jones, CLRLT’s Executive Director stands in a healthy and effective riparian buffer on the Cacapon River — 11 years in the making.
Alana Hartman, WV DEP checking out the clean and healthy water quality of the Cacapon River.
Caddis flies larvae — a good sign of a healthy river! This is one kind of “case making.”
And here is another — where the caddis flies cover themselves with small pebbles!
Cattle grazing in fields fenced off from the healthy riparian buffer!