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Buffer Zones:


The Proceedings of the International Conference on Buffer Zones September 1996

Edited by:

Dr Nick Haycock

Haycock Environmental Consultants Limited, UK

Professor Tim Burt

University of Durham, UK

Professor Keith Goulding

IACR – Rothamsted, UK

Professor Gilles Pinay

CNRS, Université de Rennes, France

Buffer Zones: Their Processes and Potential in Water Protection

First Published by Quest Environmental, PO Box 45, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 5LJ, UK (Business changed it's name to Haycock Associated Limited, April 2000)

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Chapter Headings

1 Introduction 1

N.E. Haycock, T.P. Burt, K.W.T. Goulding and G. Pinay

Part I: The Processing of Target Chemicals Within Buffer Zones

Buffer Zones and Water Quality Protection: General Principles

D.L. Correll

The Hydrological Role of Floodplains within the Drainage Basin System

T.P. Burt

Buffer Zones as Sediment Traps or Sources

T.A. Dillaha III and S.P. Inamdar

The Interactions of Buffer Zones and Phosphorus Runoff

J. Uusi-Kämppä, E. Turtula, H. Hartikainen and T Yläranta

Nitrogen Dynamics and Buffer Zones

J.W. Gilliam, J.E. Parsons and R.L. Mikkelsen

Pesticide Contamination of Surface Waters – The Potential Role of Buffer Zones

G.L. Harris and A. Forster

Grassed Buffer Zones to Limit Contamination of Surface Waters by Pesticides: Research and Action in France

J.J. Gril, B. Real, L. Patty, M. Fagot and I. Perret

The Relationship between Land Use, River Bank Quality and Lotic Macroinvertebrate Community

B. Gumiero and G. Salmoiraghi

Contaminant Effects on Microbial Functions in Riparian Buffer Zones

P.M. Groffman

The Influence of Sedimentation on Vegetation Structure

J. Girel and G. Pautou

Part II: The Potential of Habitat Types to Act as Buffer Zones

The Potential Role of In-Stream and Hyporheic Environments as Buffer Zones

A.R. Hill

The Potential Role of Riparian Forests as Buffer Zones

R. Lowrance

Effectiveness of Buffer Strips for Attenuation of Ammonium and Nitrate Levels  in Runoff from Pasture Amended with Cattle Slurry or Inorganic Fertiliser

A. Núñez Delgado, E. López Períago and F. Díaz-Fierros

The Potential Role of Ponds as Buffer Zones

S. Fleischer, A. Joelsson and L. Stibe

The Potential Role of Wet Meadows and Grey Alder Forests as Buffer Zones

U. Mander, K. Lõhmus, V. Kuusemets and M. Ivask

The Potential Role of Riverine Wetlands as Buffer Zones

C.A. Johnston, J.P. Schubauer-Berigan and S.D. Bridgham

The Potential Role of Mid-Field Forests as Buffer Zones

L. Ryszkowski, A. Bartoszewicz and A. Kedziora

Modelling Internal Processes of Riparian Buffer Zones

A.J. Gold and D.Q. Kellogg

Modelling the Interaction between Buffer Zones and the Catchment

P. Merot and P. Durand

Part III: The Creation, Restoration and Long-term Sustainability of Buffer Zones

Ecorestoration of Riparian Forests for Non-point Source Pollution Control  Policy and Ecological Considerations in Agroecosystem Watersheds

B.C. Dickson and D.J. Schaeffer

Economically Viable Buffer Zones – The Case for Short Rotation Forest Plantations

D. Riddell-Black, G. Alker, C.P. Mainstone, S.R. Smith and D. Butler

A Critical Review of the Value of Buffer Zone Environments as a  Pollution Control Tool

T. Addiscott

Long and Short Roads to Riparian Zone Restoration: Nitrate Removal Efficiency

M.T. Downes, C. Howard-Williams and L.A. Schipper

The Establishment of Buffer Zones – The Habitat Scheme Water Fringe Option, UK

A. Tytherleigh

The Potential Impact of Buffer Zones in Agricultural Practice 265

R.J. Cook

Buffer Zones and Farming Systems

J. Baudry

Integrating Vegetative Buffer Zones within Catchment Management Plans

J.L. Gardiner and C. Perala-Gardiner

Encouraging Implementation of Riparian Buffer Schemes – The New Zealand Experience

A.B. Cooper, N.I. Ngapo, T.G. Parminter and M.J. Stroud

Buffer Zones: Current Concerns and Future Directions

N.E. Haycock, G. Pinay, T.P. Burt and K.W.T. Goulding

Buffer Zones edited proceedings (1996)

In 1996, an international conference was organised by Dr Haycock to gather together, for the first time, international researchers working on the functioning of riparian ecotones. These strips of marginal land, next to streams and rivers, appeared to have the ability to influence the quality of the water environment, having an effect that was disproportionate to their size with their respective catchments. Effects on stream temperature from riparian tree shading was researched in the 1950's but the work of US and New Zealand scientists in the 1970-1980's demonstrated an impact of riparian trees on the chemistry of streams. Through the 1980's and 1990's, this work expanded to major research in many countries where the hydro-chemical effects were further explored. The conference aimed to bring this community of scientists together and consolidate our understandings. "As I am apt to remind people when I talk about this subject, individuals through history have remarked on the significance of riparian woodland, whether it be Homer in the Iliad remarking on the power of the headwater forests to break the strength of the raging flood, or the Magna Carta (1215) legally protecting rights on accessing riparian zones, society had intuitively understood their role. Over the last 40 years, their deeper signficance to the protection of the water environment has become more apparent."

The conference occurred at a key moment in land mangement policy in the western world, with concerns about the excessive nitrate and phosphate in lakes and rivers resulting in calls for major land use changed. The concepts and knowledge of scientists working on riparian ecotones and their buffering functions, would result in major land management initatives in the US (Chesapeake Bay Initiative) and within the EU (stream margin protection). In the UK voluntary codes, supported by the National Farmers Union, are aiming to create 1000's of hectares of protected stream margins. In many western countries, catchment nutrient management is a key environmental tool for the protection of the aquatic environment.

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