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I have a feature that contains polylines of fluvial and tidal streams in ArcMap.

I want to create a buffer around the tidal streams only. I tried selecting only the tidal streams using the attribute table and then using the buffer tool in the editor toolbar, but got a notification saying it's not possible to buffer a network of features.

What's the best way to go about this?

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    You need to use Buffer tool from ArcToolbox not from editor toolbar.
    – ahmadhanb
    Mar 24, 2020 at 4:27
  • When I try using the buffer tool from ArcToolbox I can't figure out how to select only one category of streams from the feature?
    – Kactus
    Mar 24, 2020 at 4:33
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    If the attribute table has information about the category you want, then use select by attribute to select those features, and then apply buffer on the selected feature from ArcToolbox.
    – ahmadhanb
    Mar 24, 2020 at 4:36
  • Thanks, I used select by attribute to create a new layer and then ran the buffering tool.
    – Kactus
    Mar 24, 2020 at 5:06
  • I converted my comments to an answer to help others having the same issue.
    – ahmadhanb
    Mar 24, 2020 at 5:35

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If the attribute table has information about the category of the stream that you want, then use the following steps:

  1. Select by attributes to select those features, and then
  2. Apply Buffer tool on the selected feature from ArcToolbox.

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