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 perform 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, mudslides 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 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 microclimate for biodiversity.  

The enforcement of the Riparian Act goes far beyond our farm. Across British Columbia deforestation of riparian vegetation from logging is rampant, leading to erosion, water quality issues and flooding.  While crown land logging does provide a minimal streamside buffer private land logging is unregulated requiring no vegetation to be maintained.  The Riparian Area regulations would require an assessment by a Qualified Environmental Professional for all work within 30 metres of a stream to establish an SPEA Streamside Protection and Enhancement Area.