Value of Riparian Areas

Miami River - Harrison Hot Springs
Miami River – Harrison Hot Springs

Riparian Areas are highly valuable ecosystems; their position in the landscape connects aquatic areas with terrestrial areas.

Native Trees and Shrubs:

  • Shade aquatic habitat
  • Shelter insects for birds, fish & small mammals to eat
  • Offer nesting and perching places for bird
  • Provide resting and foraging areas for frogs, turtles, waterfowl, songbirds and small mammals

Economic Value of Riparian Areas
When riparian areas are degraded there is a financial cost incurred by society to replace the lost ecological goods and services through:

  • Increased water treatment costs
  • Increased illness and health care costs due to decreased water quality
  • Increased insurance costs due to flooding
  • Increased costs for dredging sediment from waterways
  • Decreased property value due to degraded aesthetic qualities
  • Decreased swimming/fishing opportunities
  • Decreased revenues from tourism activities associated with healthy ecosystems
    Source: Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ecosystem Services we receive from Restoration of the Miami River Greenway:

  • Recreational Pathway
  • Increased Tourism Activities
  • Wind break, noise buffer and visual screen
  • Increased Property Value for homeowners
  • Stabilization of the soil
  • Runoff & Flood Control
  • Water Filtration
  • Insect control in our Village by birds, bats, frogs, small mammals etc.
  • Clean air through oxygen release and carbon storage
  • Cools the air temperature by providing shade from summer sun – can be up to 20 degrees cooler under mature trees.  This benefits people and both aquatic and terrestrial wildlife .