Red River Riparian Program

The Red River Riparian Program has been a program of the RRRC since 1993 to address the riparian needs of landowners in the Red River Valley. The RRRC has received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding through the North Dakota Department of Health 319 Program since the program’s inception. Originally, the Riparian Program project area included much of the Red River Basin in North Dakota and Minnesota. Within the past eight years, the Riparian Program worked on the regional scale addressing water quality, with a focus on riparian health in northeastern North Dakota watersheds. The goals of the program included the restoration, protection, and responsible management of riparian areas made possible through financial and technical assistance.

The main goal of this program will be to provide technical and financial assistance for riparian restoration to landowners, communities, water resource districts and soil conservation districts within targeted high priority watersheds in the Lower Red River Basin in North Dakota. Landowners will be provided riparian management planning to restore proper function of riparian areas on impaired stream reaches. Anticipated results include long-term measurable improvements of water quality and river system health. Best management practices for responsible riparian management will be implemented using the latest technologies and Rosgen natural channel design methods. In addition, the feasibility of riparian restoration will be determined for a degraded watershed affected by severe stream bank erosion, and baseline data as well as photo point monitoring will provide much needed information for restorationists.

The RRRC completed Phase IV of this program on September 30, 2014. The North Dakota Department of Health has awarded $390,000 to support Phase V of the Riparian Program which will be completed September 30, 2016. In spring 2014, the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund committed $230,000 to support projects through the same period.

Riparian Program Summary May 2015