Clean water from freshwater sources that flow into the Salish Sea is essential for maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Yet, the riparian and wetlands areas that help to protect upstream water quality are threatened by a number of stressors, which include land use and development practices, forestry activities, and agricultural operations. These practices have historically resulted in the removal of vegetated cover, hardening, straightening or culverting of stream bank features, increases in impervious area, and wetland fill. These changes can impact a variety of ecosystem functions and, as a result, are considered to have a high potential impact to watersheds and marine basins in the Salish Sea.
Clauson, Stacy and Trautman, Laurie, "Braided Freshwater Governance: A case study of regulation and stewardship of riparian areas and wetlands in British Columbia and Washington State" (2016). BPRI Research Reports. 2.