The Okanagan River was channelled in the 1950s between Skaha and Osoyoos lakes to facilitate drainage for agriculture and flood protection. This resulted in the significant loss and degradation of habitat in this very unique floodplain as well as an alteration of the natural hydrology of the valley bottom. A number of initiatives have been undertaken over the last 20 years to effect some restoration to the areas adjacent to the Okanagan River. These include water supply systems at the north end of Vaseux Lake and the Haynes Lease at the north end of Osoyoos Lake. Other restoration / conservation efforts were undertaken at Hacks Pond north of Oliver and at an area immediately north of Osoyoos Lake. This paper will describe some of the objectives, challenges and results brought about in undertaking these initiatives.
Barnett, I.. 1999. South Okanagan River Oxbow Restoration (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks; University College of the Cariboo. Conference Biology & ManagementProceedings
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: okanagan river, ecosystem at risk, sara, flood protection, floodplain
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
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