Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance  streams_rivers
Stream and River Bank Habitat - Also called “riparian-areas”, the water-loving plants and trees alongside lakes and rivers provide shade and nursery grounds for fish like Kokanee. The roots of riverside plants keep the banks from eroding during floods and protect water quality by filtering surface water runoff. These ribbons of green habitat support a rich diversity of wildlife and are important wildlife corridors. If your property includes a riparian area, you should become familiar with the Riparian Areas Regulation, or RAR, that applies to planning new structures.