Much of the 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. However, in addition to their recreational values,
shoreline areas of these waterbodies are sensitive and productive fish and wildlife habitats.
They are home to a multitude of plants and animals. Activities and structures along the
shoreline can damage these organisms, their habitats and the complex food webs that support
them. Boat moorage structures on lakes, such as docks, can have direct, indirect and
cumulative impacts on this sensitive habitat.
Ministry of Environment. 2006. Best Management Practices for Small Boat Moorage on Lakes. Ministry of Environment