A buffer zone is a protected area alongside watercourses and wetlands. Buffer zones protect Prince Edward Island’s water resources by filtering and assimilating contaminants from surface runoff water. Buffer zones provide valuable habitat for many species of wildlife and shade for streams.
Buffer zones have been in place in Prince Edward Island since 1999 and were redesigned in fall 2008.
In some cases, you may need to undertake a prohibited activity within a buffer zone. In these situations, you must complete a Watercourse, Wetland and Buffer Zone Activity Permit application.
Acts and Regulations
A summary of the requirements for the 2008 redesign of buffer zones is listed in the fact sheet listed below.