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Riparian management systems (RiMS) often appear complex, and assessing your stream riparian area to design one can seem a daunting task. There are many design options for RiMS that can provide multiple benefits. The best option is the design that accomplishes the most for you, for the land, and for the community. This publication provides a list of tools and considerations to help you determine what kind of RiMS is best for you and your land.
Steward of Our Streams
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Riparian management systems, RiMS, assessment tools, agroecology
Agriculture | Hydrology | Natural Resources Management and Policy
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Randall, Jesse and Isenhart, Thomas M., "Assessing the Need for a Riparian Management System (RiMS)" (2002). Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications. 221.