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Wetland Ways: Interim Guidelines for Wetland Protection and Conservation in British Columbia


This document is written primarily for people who are planning some form of activity or development near wetlands, as well as those looking for guidance on ways to best maintain the high ecological values in these areas. A healthy natural environment is the foundation of British Columbia‘s (B.C.‘s) economy and quality of life. Wetlands are among the most biologically diverse, productive, and important life support systems on earth. They are integral to the functioning of many important ecosystems and life forms in B.C. They also provide people with a wide range of beneficial services, from flood control and water supply to recreational opportunities. Often, these services are unrecognized and undervalued, leading to the loss or impairment of wetlands—and thus the services they had provided are either costly or impossible to replace.

These interim guidelines were prepared with input from many experienced reviewers and will be updated using feedback and experience from pilot user groups over the next two years. We encourage and welcome comments on these guidelines

Documents Available Online:


Wetland Ways Chapter 1. Introduction (PDF 3MB)

Wetland Ways Chapter 2. General (PDF 3.7MB)

Wetland Ways Chapter 3. Agriculture (PDF 2.38MB)

Wetland Ways Chapter 4. Grazing (PDF 1.56MB)

Wetland Ways Chapter 5. Forests (PDF 1.64MB)

Wetland Ways Chapter 6. Mining (PDF 1.71MB)

Wetland Ways Chapter 7. Oil and Gas (PDF 1.29MB)

Wetland Ways Chapter 8. Recreation (PDF 2.1MB)

Wetland Ways Chapter 9. Corridors (PDF 1.20MB)

Wetland Ways Chapter 10. Development (PDF 1.23MB)

Wetland Ways Chapter 11. Enhancement (PDF 2.25MB)

Wetland Ways Chapter 12. Monitoring (PDF 865KB)

Wetland Ways Chapter 13. Glossary (PDF 582KB)

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