Much of Okanagan Region of the BC Ministry of Environment (BC MOE) is covered by
large to moderate sized lakes that lie close to urban centres and are important for water
recreation and recreational fisheries. In addition to their recreational values, shoreline
areas of these water bodies are sensitive and productive fish and wildlife habitats.
Lakeside (riparian) vegetation is an important component of these habitats. The protection
of fish, wildlife, their habitats and water quality depends upon the protection of vegetated
? protect root systems that stabilize shorelines and maintain natural bank geometry;
? sustain a natural source of fish food in the form of leaf litter and insect drop;
? maintain cover and shade for predator avoidance and temperature moderation in
shallow near shore rearing areas; and,
? reduce the introduction of sediment and non-point source pollution into the lake.
? provide critical habitats for many wildlife species, especially amphibians, raptors and
cavity dependent species.
Lakeshore stabilization refers to works undertaken to protect or amour a bank or shore
from erosion. Erosion processes along lakeshores are similar to streams.
Ministry of Environment. 2006. Best Management Practices for Lakeshore Stabilization. Ministry of Environment