Why does Meadow Creek need restoration?

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has listed Meadow Creek and a segment of the Rivanna River downstream as ’impaired waterways’. Impairment in these waters is due in part to excessive sedimentation from stream bank erosion. Restoring Meadow Creek and enhancing and preserving the forested buffer and wetlands along the creek will aid in reducing sedimentation and filtering stormwater runoff entering Meadow Creek and the Rivanna River.

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1. Why does Meadow Creek need restoration?
2. Why are sedimentation and erosion problems?
3. What are riparian buffers?
4. How do buffers protect stream health?