Healthy riparian zones have valuable roles in urban areas. Yes, they perform a number of ecological services but they also expose the public to biodiversity. This gives city-folk an opportunity to connect with nature on a daily basis, which is important for fostering a strong conservation ethic, but also improves health and mental well-being.
This article reminds us about all of the reasons why we need to take care of these areas. I believe this article is featured in news publication from Bangalore in India, but aside from a few species names, it would apply most urban areas around the globe.
Read the full article here: Ecology & the city.