Borough Conservation Advisory Group

The River Town Team is working with area conservation professionals, educators, and Borough officials and staff to develop a short term plan to improve local conservation methods and practices in line with the aspirations outlined in the Bull Run Greenway Plan.  The group is examining the different streambank public spaces not so much in terms of their long range layout, design and programming — that’s been examined in the Bull Run Greenway Project and the River Town Planning Project — but rather in terms of options to improve their maintenance and introduce best management practices (BMPs).  The conservation principles involved include a focus on naturalized landscapes, no mow areas, native plants, tree plantings, limited soil disturbance, runoff filtration, and generally maintaining planted streambank buffers, also known as riparian or riverine buffers.

Some of the resources the group will be reviewing to consider how to structure and format the maintenance recommendations are listed here, examples of guide documents from other locations on similar topics, though with a range of intended audiences:

2016 Parks Maintenance Manual

NPS – National Mall Plan – Best Management Practices Used at Urban Parks

Oakland County Maintenance Management Plan

stream maintenence manual 2015 OH

2002-03-stewards-our-streams-maintenance-riparian-buffers IA

City of Harrisonburg Buffer Maintenance Guide

2014 Guide to Specific Watershed Protection Project Types (4) revised 5.5.14

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