Okanagan River channelization resulted in 50 % loss of length, 93 % loss of riparian habitat, and isolation from floodplains. The EPLL site is the only remaining portion of floodplain in snpintktn (Penticton) area restorable without major infrastructure changes.
Protect and enhance the EPLL Floodplain in perpetuity, under Syilx stewardship, and to:
- Re-connect Penticton Channel to the floodplain, to allow for backwater flooding as per the natural hydrological cycle (no flow, just water rising and falling in the floodplain with river levels).
- Provide seasonal rearing habitat for native fish, especially sk’lwist/ntitiyx (Chinook salmon).
- Provide a range of fish-free wetlands for other species, such as frogs, salamanders, and turtles.
- Retain and enhance grassland habitat for dryland species.