Report a Riparian Zone Violation
It gives us great grief to hear reports of damage
to the riparian zone of the River or Lake. The CLRSS works extremely hard
to fulfill its mandate to educate and inform people about good River and Lake
riparian zone practices. From time to time we are approached by members of
the public who inform us of a serous riparian violation that they have observed
and they ask us to do something about it.
Enforcing riparian legislation is
beyond our mandate and also beyond our resources. However, if you observe
some violation of riparian regulations we do strongly encourage you to do
something about it. "What can I do?" you may ask. Here are
Salmon Related Violations
These should be reported to the
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Leave a detailed message with
your contact information on their Observe Record and Report hot line at:
Fisheries, Wildlife or Environmental
The Government of
BC has set up a program to allow you to easily make reports. It is called
RAPP - Report All Poachers and Polluters.
From the title, it is not immediately
obvious that RAPP applies to riparian issues however according to the
The RAPP program is a toll free
tip line and online service that allows you to report known or suspected
violations of fisheries, wildlife, or environmental protection laws
anonymously and without risk of confronting the offender.
The RAPP website explains the details
of what to record and what to report.
To make a complaint relating to CVRD
Bylaws, it is required that you provide your name, address and phone number as
well as a description of the alleged offence and the location (address) where it
took place. This information is kept confidential and is subject to the
provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy act.
Bylaw complaints may be made:
in writing / email
For current details on how to contact
the CVRD's bylaw enforcement department, visit their CVRD website at:
www.cvrd.bc.ca and enter "bylaw enforcement"
in the Custom Search box. You will also find information there on
how complaints are dealt with and how enforcement is achieved.
So, if you see something please do
report it and please let us know about it as well!