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The presence of any riparian zones associated with your project may require special permitting if your proposed land development impacts these areas. Finding out information about riparian zones and what are some options for restoring affected areas could help with the planning of your project.
The following are books that I would recommend.
1) Riparian Ecosystem Recovery in Arid Lands by Mark K. Briggs
This book provides case studies discussing issues with riparian zones and associated recovery methods.
2) Monitoring the Vegetation Resources in Riparian Areas by Alma H. Winward
This book goes into detail regarding the vegetation of riparian zones.