With development increasing in the Okanagan, pressure on local streams and Okanagan Lake is increasing.
The Local Government Act permits the Regional District to protect watercourses by identifying them in the Official Community Plan and implementing their protection through Development Permit provisions. Current practice in the RDCO is to work closely with the Federal and Provincial agencies and the development industry to ensure that on-site consideration is given to watercourses and sensitive areas. Depending on the nature of the development you propose, land dedication, restrictive covenants, fencing or landscaping may be required.
For more information on guidelines and regulations relating to stream protection, consult the Land Development Guidelines for the Protection of Aquatic Habitats.