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In the dry Okanagan and Similkameen valleys, wetland and riparian areas are at a premium.  Approximately 85% of these habitats have been lost to channelization and agricultural and urban development.

I'm just one person. What can I do?

A lot!


The best way to protect a wetland or riparian area on your property or in your community is to establish a buffer or strip of native plants between the wetland and any nearby land use such as crops, pasture or other development.  A buffer will help to:

  • Control erosion and add to the stability of croplands

  • Trap snow, adding further moisture to your agricultural fields by releasing it slowly.

  • Protect adjacent areas from flooding by acting as a sponge

  • Trap sediments, pollutants and excess nutrients, reducing contamination of water sources.

  • Create a barrier for invasive plants such as puncturevine and knapweed which could otherwise reduce crop quantity and quality

  • Provide habitat for beneficial insects which can aid in pest control and pollination in agricultural settings

  • Contact Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship to learn more about the wetlands on your property and in your community.

Caring for Your Shoreline
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