riparian

adjective
ri·​par·​i·​an | \rə-ˈper-ē-ən, rī-\

Definition of riparian 

: relating to or living or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (such as a river) or sometimes of a lake or a tidewater riparian trees

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Riparian came to English from the same source that gave us "river" - the Latin riparius, a noun deriving from ripa, meaning "bank" or "shore." First appearing in English in the 19th century, "riparian" refers to things that exist alongside a river (such as riparian wetlands, habitats, trees, etc.). Some river communities have laws called "riparian rights," referring to the rights of those owning land along a river to have access to the waterway. Note the distinction of this word from "littoral," which usually refers to things that occur along the shore of a sea or ocean.

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According to the Federal Attorney’s office, the animals became trapped in nets used for riparian fishing on riverbanks. James Rogers, Fox News, "More than 300 vulnerable sea turtles found dead in sea off Mexico," 29 Aug. 2018 Those include minimizing water withdrawals from rivers, increasing shade though riparian vegetation, enhancing habitat diversity, and building on the number of deep pools that tap into cold groundwater. Rocky Barker, idahostatesman, "Northwest rivers are warming. And that may threaten your favorite fishing spot | Idaho Statesman," 7 May 2018 These modifications allowed the agency to relax restrictions on a variety of issues, ranging from riparian damage to the clearing of old-growth trees to the impact of the pipeline on the AT. J. Weston Phippen, Outside Online, "The AT Pipeline Protesters Come Down from the Trees," 5 June 2018 The 835-acre property includes alpine meadows, wetlands and riparian areas (ecologically rich riverside habitats) along two miles of streams and a small pond. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Rare mammals, hiking and more: Forest Service adds 835 acres to Eldorado National Forest," 9 July 2018 The little waterway is a beautiful riparian corridor often overlooked by visitors. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly hikes around Arizona: Hit the trail with your family this summer," 28 June 2018 Nearly 600 acres of rolling hills, sprawling grasslands, and riparian woodland are prime territory for spotting raptors, buntings, woodpeckers, and other birds. Shawnté Salabert, Los Angeles Magazine, "From Archery to Mountain Biking, There’s an L.A. Park for Every Outdoor Hobby," 7 June 2018 Today, Noci’s open, riparian land is starting to take form. Nathan Hurst, San Francisco Chronicle, "How local farms are evolving beyond CSA," 19 Apr. 2018 The park includes desert, evergreen forest, woodland and riparian environments. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "He took a photo of graffiti at Zion National Park. Social media found the vandal, officials say | The Sacramento Bee," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of riparian

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for riparian

Latin riparius — more at river

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rip a hole

rip apart

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riparious

rip cord

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riparian

adjective
ri·​par·​i·​an | \rə-ˈper-ē-ən \

Legal Definition of riparian 

: of or relating to or living or located on the bank of a watercourse (as a river or stream) or sometimes a lake broadly : of or relating to or living or located on the bank of a body of water — compare littoral

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