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MUNICIPALITIES MUST
SAFEGUARD THEIR ENVIRONMENT


When it comes to pro-active protection of wetlands, provincial and federal governments provide the framework, and municipal governments are required to make the decisions that will determine what legacy is left for future generations.  top  home

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REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES


RIPARIAN AREAS REGULATION

    The purposes of this 2004/5 regulation are to establish directives to protect riparian areas from development so that the areas can provide natural features, functions and conditions that support fish life processes, and to facilitate an intergovernmental cooperation agreement between the ministry, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. It was updated in 2010.

RIPARIAN AREAS REGULATION GUIDEBOOK

    The primary purpose of this 2006 guidebook is to help local governments, landowners, developers, community organizations and Qualified Environmental Professionals (QEPs): understand legal requirements; understand process, and be aware of measures that can be used in protecting the biological functioning of riparian areas. The guidebook also: provides guidance to ministry staff and others in applying the Regulation; and outlines the roles and responsibilities of governments, QEPs and proponents (landowners and developers) in implementing and complying with the Regulation.

RIPARIAN AREAS REGULATION PETITION

This link provides a 2004 review and critique of RAR and its effectiveness.

RIPARIAN AREAS REGULATION EXTENSION

    This 1998 article was designed to raise awareness of landscape ecology concepts and to provide background for the ecologically based forest management, with a focus on riparian areas.

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES -
LEGISLATED FLOOD ASSESSMENTS IN A CHANGING CLIMATE IN BC

The Ministry and APEGBC assembled a team of specialists from government and the engineering and geoscience community to prepare these guidelines. The application of these guidelines will result in consistent and comprehensive flood assessment reports being submitted to government authorities.

INTERIM GUIDELINES FOR WETLAND PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

    "A healthy natural environment is the foundation of British Columbia's (B.C.'s) economy and quality of life. Wetlands are among the most biologically diverse, productive, and important life support systems on earth. They are integral to the functioning of many important ecosystems and life forms in B.C. They also provide people with a wide range of beneficial services, from flood control and water supply to recreational opportunities. Often, these services are unrecognized and undervalued, leading to the loss or impairment of wetlands - and thus the services they had provided are either costly or impossible to replace."  top  home