Conservation Buffers Fact Sheet
Conservation Buffer Facts
shelter and stabilize riparian areas. Strategically placed in the agricultural landscape, buffers can effectively mitigate
the movement of sediment, nutrients, and pesticides within farm fields. Buffers include: contour buffer strips, field
both economic and environmental goals.
Located in environmentally sensitive areas, buffers provide another line of defense to filter water both surface
and shallow ground water before it enters streams and lakes.
- Can reduce up to 80% of sediment.
- Reduces 40% (on average) of phosphorous.
- Removes a significant amount of nitrate; stores it in plant material.
- Up to 60% of pathogens removed from runoff.
- Provides a source of food, nesting cover and shelter for wildlife.
- Improves fish habitat.
- Reduces wind erosion.
- Slows water runoff.
- Reduces downstream flooding.
- Stabilizes stream banks.
- Establishment of natural vegetation.
- Adds visual aesthetics to the landscape.
- Often provides income from local, state and federal programs.
- Provides tax incentives.
- Reduces crop losses from flooding.
- Protects soil in vulnerable areas.