Big Haynes Creek riparian buffer study
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The objective of this project is to identify and rank riparian buffers in the ten-mile corridor between Rockdale County’s drinking water intake and the Black Shoals water supply reservoir. Rockdale County is considering several methods for protection including acquisition. The method used to rank the riparian buffer zone include surveying the buffer zone for ecological value and development risk, creating a database of landowners, and creating a GIS of survey results and property parcels. A list of the highest priority buffer segments was developed for Rockdale County to consider. An educational brochure outlining the importance of protecting natural buffers was also produced.