Physical Habitat

The physical habitat is an important function of healthy waterways. It includes the waterway's form, bed, banks, margins, riparian vegetation, and connections to the surrounding area.
To ensure physical habitats are maintained and improved, we need to:
  • Control sediment inputs into lakebeds
  • Maintain the natural character of water bodies such as riffles, pools and runs
  • Protect, restore and enhance wetlands
  • Improve the connectivity between habitats
  • Maintain and protect the natural shorelines of rivers and lakes from erosion and pest plants

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