Streams and rivers provide important habitat for plants, invertebrates, fish and wildlife. They also provide many other ecological, cultural, recreational and economic values.
Once river habitats are lost, the damage is often irreparable or difficult and expensive to reverse. Over time, the cumulative effects of river loss, through activities such as piping streams and reclamation, can lead to a decline in species, ecosystem health and cultural values.
To protect these habitats, there are restrictions on what activities landowners with property including or bordering a river or stream can do.
These include actions that create permanent dry land on part of a riverbed – known as river reclamation, as well as works that could impede fish passage in streams and rivers, and the taking of material from riverbeds.
Keeping stock out of waterways
Learn about stock exclusion rules.
Managing instream structures
Make sure culverts, weirs and other structures allow for fish to pass through.
Check the rules around filling in waterways.
Works around braided rivers
Clarifying the legal requirements around these unique ecosystems.
Flood protection and drainage
Find out about the flood protection and drainage bylaw.