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Aquatic Ecosystems

An aquatic ecosystem is an ecosystem located in a body of water. Despite being situated in one of the driest parts of the province, the City of Kamloops is home to numerous large and small aquatic ecosystems. These local aquatic ecosystems provide a lifeline for many species of fish, insects, amphibians, mammals, reptiles, and birds.

The largest aquatic ecosystems in the City include Kamloops Lake and the North and South Thompson Rivers. All three of these aquatic ecosystems provide a highway for millions of spawning and young sockeye, chinook, coho and pink salmon. As well they provide year-round habitat for rainbow trout, steelhead, dolly varden, whitefish and sturgeon.

Just as important, yet not as large are many of the City's smaller aquatic ecosystems. The most notable of these smaller ecosystems include Gambles Pond, Daybreak Pond, Peterson Creek, Tranquille Creek, Noble Creek, Paul Creek and Guerrin Creek. Although not all of these ecosystems contain fish, they all provide important habitat for various insects, amphibians, mammals, reptiles, and birds.

Recognizing the importance of these aquatic ecosystems, the Sustainable Kamloops Plan works to ensure their continued protection and long term sustainability within the City of Kamloops.

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