Ministry of Environment

Fish Protection Act



A wide range of human activities can cause debris to be introduced to streams, stream channels and the areas adjacent to streams when proper care is not taken. Debris may be introduced directly by humans into streams through dumping or other point discharges, and may also be introduced indirectly as a result of land use activities.

Some examples of potential contributors of debris include:

  • resource extraction (access roads, ground disturbance)
  • energy supply (construction, flooding and reservoir operation, corridors)
  • land development (clearing, filling, construction)
  • transportation (road, rail, or bridge construction and maintenance, truck hauling)
  • waste disposal (stockpiling and dumping)
  • agriculture (drainage and watercourse maintenance)
  • stream clearing (gravel removal, logjams)
  • commerce and recreation (wharves, piers, loading facilities)

Debris may also be intentionally introduced into streams or stream channels in an attempt to minimize haulage costs, to avoid existing approval processes, or to simply save time. The introduction of debris may harm or damage streams by substantially altering channel characteristics and bringing about changes to water depth and natural flow regimes.

 Background Information
  • Debris Provisions of the Fish Protection Act – Consultation Summaries —  WordPDF
  • Debris Provisions of the Fish Protection Act – A Backgrounder — WordPDF

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