Starting in 2012, the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), with help from a grant from the Dickinson College Farm, began working to vegetate and manage its own riparian buffer. A riparian buffer is a vegetated area next to a stream or body of water. Usually comprised of native species, riparian buffers promote good overall stream health by stabilizing stream banks, mitigating the negative effects of stormwater runoff, and providing a habitat for stream species. Through extensive research, ALLARMs Riparian Buffer Manuel was compiled to act as a guide for the implementation of a three phase system at the site. As a relatively new resource, accurate maps included in the Manuel are essential to ensure efficiency and ease of off-site use so that ALLARM Stream Restoration Coordinators can effectively plan Phase 2 and Phase 3 while continuing to monitor the overall success of the area.
Through this project, I used survey grade GPS equipment to create sophisticated and updated maps for ALLARMs Riparian Buffer Manuel. Now, each phase is accurately depicted with dimensions in the Manuel. Further, Phase 1 has been updated since the addition of 125 trees to it, thus beginning the historical documentation of the sites progress, and a “Points of Interest” map has been created so that future planners can more effectively design Phase 2 and Phase 3 based keeping site access points and point dischargers in mind.
By: Elise Minichiello ’14