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KRWP's “Landowner's Guide To Streamside Living


Cover of KRWP's "Landowner's Guide to Streamside Living" published Fall of 2008. A resource handbook for property owners and watershed residents will be published March 2009. The Kings River Watershed Partnership is proud to offer this guide to assist landowners with the many questions and issues that arise when living and working next to a stream.

Many questions have been asked by property owners and residents at public meetings sponsored by KRWP since 2001. This handbook is a collection of the research completed by the partnership's project coordinator, Shawna Miller. It reflects hundreds of hours of research on rules and regulations, scientific publications, and interviews with public officials. It is an ongoing part of KRWP's mission as a voluntary, educational, non-profit organization.

This guide was funded by the Kings River Watershed Partnership and a grant from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.

Download Complete Handbook (34 MB .pdf)

Table of Contents

Section 1.   Rules and Regulations Page
1.1.
Ownership and public use..................................................   5
1.2.
Property and stream modifications.....................................   8
1.3.
Water quality regulations...................................................   12
1.4.
Onsite waste treatment systems.......................................   13
1.5.
Floodplain development.....................................................   15
1.6.
Wildlife regulations.............................................................   16
Section 2.   The Riverine Ecosystem  
2.1.
Understanding the stream corridor....................................   18
2.2.
Species found in and along the river..................................   20
Section 3.   Impact of Sediment and Nutrients  
3.1.
The dirt on dirt....................................................................   27
3.2.
I thought nutrients were good for you?..............................   28
3.3.
Water quality in the Kings River Watershed.......................   29
Section 4.   Acres Lost: Erosion of Streamside Property   
4.0.
Stream bank erosion...........................................................   30
4.1.
Riparian buffer zones..........................................................   32
4.2.

Restoring riparian buffers to protect an eroding bank........

  33
4.3.
Engineered streambank restoration...................................   37
4.4.
Financial and technical resources.......................................   38
4.5.
Conservation easements...................................................   40
Maps & Reference Guides  
  Map of the Kings River Watershed......................................   4
  Access points to the Kings River.........................................   7
  Plant species for riparian restoration..................................   36
  Agency contact information.................................................   41

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