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It's a 20th Anniversary Celebration!
The Fraser Basin Council turns 20! FBC Chair Colin Hansen (centre) made the ceremonial cut of FBC's anniversary cake at a special gathering on June 14, alongside Ian Waddell (left), a Past Chair of the Fraser Basin Management Board (FBC's predecessor) and Charles Jago, Past Chair of FBC. Thanks to all the Directors and staff, past and present, as well as close friends, who came to celebrate with us. You are our inspiration as we move into our third decade of service to advance sustainability across the Fraser Basin and throughout BC.
Thanks to the Fraser Valley youth and young adults who shared their ideas and experiences in the Art of Storytelling workshop in Abbotsford on May 26. The workshop featured local storytellers, a networking lunch with community leaders, and an afternoon of artistic collaboration. Overall, it was a great day of conversation and connection about community values and vision for the future. Stay tuned for the workshop report. Photo by Amy Greenwood.
SWC Highlights from 2016-2017
Check out the new Annual Highlights Report covering the first year of the Shuswap Watershed Council's program implementation. The report wraps up the year's achievements on water quality monitoring and coordination, water quality protection and safe recreation. FBC serves as program manager for the SWC.
It's here! Take a look through our 2015-2016 Annual Highlights: Steps for Sustainability to see the many ways the Fraser Basin Council is working with communities in the Basin and throughout BC.
Our 2016-2021 Strategic Plan: Advancing Sustainability Solutions will help guide the Fraser Basin Council into our third decade of service.
The five-year plan reflects the Council’s strategic priorities, the way in which we carry out our work and how we define our success. Inspirational and practical, this is the framework for annual operating plans, partnerships, work plans and all decisions to devote time, money and energy to fulfillment of the Fraser Basin Council’s mandate. Take a look.
YVR is First Salmon-Safe Airport
One June 8 the Vancouver International Airport became the first airport in North America to achieve Salmon-Safe certification. YVR met three site-wide pre-conditions and committed to 10 conditions under the Salmon-Safe infrastructure-industrial standard. In particular, YVR will protect water quality and aquatic life from harmful pesticides; implement a comprehensive stormwater management plan; reduce site-wide water consumption and ensure zero sediment runoff during future construction activities. YVR will also assess salmon habitat restoration opportunities near the airport and complete additional restorations. Congratulations to the YVR team on these commitments! See the YVR media release for details.
Clean Air Day in Kamloops
June 8 was national Clean Air Day, a perfect time to shine light on the work of the Kamloops Air Quality Roundtable.
The Roundtable is a multi-party initiative that aims to raise awareness of air quality issues, support implementation of the City of Kamloops Air Quality Plan, identify and address gaps in air quality monitoring, support research, and implement and measure impacts of air quality initiatives. Learn more.
posted on 10:58 AM, December 4, 2014
Are you curious about electric cars – and whether there’s one in your future? Be sure to check out Emotive. It’s a community to share information and build awareness on all things EV, in BC and beyond! Connect with Emotive on the web and Facebook to stay current on EV news, local ride & drive events, and the personal experiences of EV owners and drivers.
posted on 3:55 PM, November 3, 2014
A growing number of drivers are plugging into B.C.’s public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Over 350 of B.C.’s 550 public charging stations are tracked by Powertech Labs, a BC Hydro subsidiary, and the data show that the number of vehicle charging sessions at those stations doubled between August 2013 and August 2014. Read more.
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(August 6, 2014) The Fraser Basin Council directors and staff are deeply saddened by news of the Mount Polley Mine tailings dam failure and subsequent downstream impacts. FBC is following the situation closely and today issued a statement of support for affected communities. Read more.
Climate Adaptation Resources
The BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC) program has funded important tools for tackling flood risks associated with sea level rise. This is of particular interest to BC local authorities and professionals with responsibilities in flood hazard management.
See Adaptation Resources to download Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer: A Toolkit to Build Adaptive Capacity on Canada’s South Coasts and other resources on coastal adaptation.
Also visit ReTooling for Climate Change for a database of adaptation resources.
User Guide to Water Quality Data
The Shuswap Watershed Council is offering an easy-to-follow guide to accessing water quality data from provincial databases.
Interested in learning more about water quality? Take a look.
It's True. We're 20!
The Fraser Basin Council celebrates 20 years of service in June 2017.
Thanks to all of Directors, staff, supporters, partners and friends who have been there with us on the journey. Our work, and this special milestone, has been possible because of you and your commitment to sustainability.
The Nechako Watershed Roundtable has completed the first version of its Nechako Watershed Strategy.
Green Stormwater Infrastructure
A new FBC report showcases examples of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in urban streetscapes, residential communities and institutional sites in Metro Vancouver and Victoria. See how features such as bioswales, rain gardens, green roofs, pervious paving and infiltration trenches on urban sites offer multiple benefits. More.
Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy
Phase 1 results and an update on Phase 2 are available.
First Nations Home EnergySave
First Nations communities are finding ways to cut the high cost of home energy. FBC is ready to help share those stories, build local capacity and encourage economic development through the Home EnergySave program. Read about it.
The Fraser Basin Council worked with the BC Wildlife Federation on a three-year project to advance watershed conservation and sustainability in BC.