The Michigan Riparian Magazine

The Michigan Lakes and Streams Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established to support the mission and goals of the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc., is Publisher of The Michigan Riparian Magazine. which is our state’s only quarterly publication dedicated to the unique issues and interests of those fortunate enough to reside on waterfront properties. The magazine’s historical archive portrays a rich chronicle detailing the life and times of the people, politics, science and issues that have defined Michigan’s storied waterfronts for nearly half a century.”


A riparian zone or riparian area is the interface between land and a river or stream. Riparian is also the proper nomenclature for one of the fifteen terrestrial biomes of the earth. Plant habitats and communities along the river margins and banks are called riparian vegetation, characterized by hydrophilic plants. Riparian zones are significant in ecology, environmental management, and civil engineering because of their role in soil conservation, their habitat biodiversity, and the influence they have on fauna and aquatic ecosystems. Riparian zones occur in many forms including grassland, woodland, wetland or even non-vegetative. In some regions the terms riparian woodland, riparian forest, riparian buffer zone, or riparian strip are used to characterize a riparian zone. The word “riparian” is derived from Latin ripa, meaning river bank.

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