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Wetland and riparian management measures are described in the U.S. EPA guidance document, National Management Measures to Protect and Restore Wetlands and Riparian Areas for the Abatement of Nonpoint Source Pollution, 2005. This guidance document describes practices to reduce NPS pollution of surface waters and ground water through the protection and restoration of wetlands and riparian areas, as well as the implementation of vegetated treatment systems. The guidance document also provides background information about NPS pollution, including where it comes from and how it enters the nation’s waters; discusses the broad concept of assessing and addressing water quality problems on a watershed-by-watershed level; and presents recent technical information about how certain types of NPS pollution can be reduced effectively through the implementation of these management measures. This document is not intended to be used as a design guide for restoring or constructing wetlands, nor should it replace input from experts during the planning or implementation phases of wetland or riparian area creation or restoration.