When Nick bought his farm a little over a decade ago, he found a small creek running through it, flowing straight to the Snohomish. Its banks had been nearly stripped of vegetation. Riparian habitats—the diverse and delicate ecosystems along waterways—protect water quality and have an enormous impact on aquatic life, yet they are vanishing from Washington’s landscape. Since its statehood in 1889, Washington has lost over 50 percent of its riparian habitat. That loss is a key obstacle to salmon recovery.
Read more about this study done on private riparian habitat by Sightline Institute by following the link below.
Source: Sightline Institute | Agroforestry could help Cascadia's Farmer's and Dwindling Salmon Populations