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3. THE MISSION CREEK DYKE SETBACK & RESTORATION INITIATIVE
The photo below shows what was done in Penticton when they dyked the natural stream flow, making a straight channel. In effect, we are doing the reverse in order to restore a more natural meandering creek.
This initiative is a multi-year undertaking intended to re-naturalize the lower portion of Mission Creek - from the East Kelowna Rd bridge to Okanagan Lake. It will improve spawning success for kokanee and trout, enhance riparian habitat, and increase flood protection for Kelowna.
The project will include setting the existing dykes back, re-establishing the flood plain, widening some sections, building riffle pools for fish, and recreating a more natural and meandering creek route.
The integrity of the Mission Creek Greenway trail will be maintained.
The Friends are part of a partnership including the Central Okanagan Land Trust, City of Kelowna, Regional District of Central Okanagan, the Okanagan Nation Alliance, the Westbank First Nation, and BC Environment to achieve the project.