Agriculture has historically been based in the subirrigated riparian ecosystems. Often the engineering and agricultural practices have altered the systems and many of the associated ecological processes. In the Western United States, the most common agricultural practices affecting riparian systems has been livestock grazing. Effects have been both positive and negative. Lack of management has deteriorated many of these systems. Current research has shown what types of management have been successful in allowing grazing by livestock to improve the grazing capacity.
Krueger, William C.
"Agriculture and riparian areas,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues: Vol. 1
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol1/iss1/4