Enact the Riparian Act!

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We are calling on Government to enact and enforce the Riparian Areas Regulations throughout the Province of British Columbia.  The Provincial Government recognized the importance of riparian areas with the Riparian Area Regulations, then failed the citizens of BC by making the implementation of regulations optional for local Governments.

Riparian areas are the unique and diverse ecosystems that surround water bodies and preform critical biological, climatic and socio-economic functions.  Healthy riparian zones filter and purify water for drinking, irrigation and recreation.  Riparian vegetation prevents erosion and ensures stream bank stability preventing flooding.  Without riparian vegetation waterways are exposed to erosion, siltation, warming and evaporation.  Riparian areas create a corridor for wildlife movement and a buffer for natural disasters like wildfires, mud slides and flooding. Healthy riparian areas are critical to clean water, climate modulation, biodiversity and tourism.

The Riparian Areas Regulations is a BC law that directs local government to protect riparian areas and gives local governments the RESPONSIBILITY of protection and conservation of the environment. 

Right now logging is underway which threatens Doyle and Neale Creeks near Golden BC.  Meet Goonieland Permaculture & Giichi Goomi Hemp Farm, an Organic farm providing agri-tourism and food security to the valley.  We live directly below where the logging is taking place and have a water license on Neale Creek.  Doyle creek runs through our property and is an important micro climate for biodiversity.  Initial tree harvesting took place within 10 metres of Doyle creek with logs being harvested below the high water mark.  We are demanding an immediate stop work order and the enforcement of the Riparian Areas Regulations. 

The enforcement of the Riparian Act goes far beyond our farm. Across British Columbia deforestation of riparian vegetation from commercial logging is rampant, leading to dehydration of the landscape, water quality issues, erosion and flooding.  

It is time to ENACT AND ENFORCE THE RIPARIAN ACT!