Water Quality in the Shuswap
2011-2012 water quality monitoring results of the Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process show that, in most locations in and around Shuswap and Mara Lakes, water quality is good. Most samples met government safety guidelines for drinking water and recreation and also for livestock, fish and wildlife protection. In certain lake locations, rivers and streams, however, high concentration of phosphorus, nitrogen or fecal coliform were found, flagging the need for a management strategy to prevent water quality deterioration.
The monitoring continues through 2013. FBC provides administrative support to the project.
Find details in the Summary: 2011-2012 Water Quality Monitoring Results.
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Langley Township Goes E3 Fleet Gold
Congratulations to the Township of Langley for earning an E3 Fleet Gold Rating! FBC’s Marion Town presented the award to Langley Mayor Jack Froese on October 28 and praised the Township’s achievements in fleet management, energy efficiency and emissions reduction. Find out more.
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Salmon-Safe certification is now available for urban and suburban lands in BC — including parks, business sites, campuses and residential developments to reocognize environmentally friendly management practices that help protect Pacific salmon habitat and water quality. Read about it.
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Looking for a quick update on FBC? Read Sustainability Matters: Annual Highlights 2012-2013. This report offers a synopsis of key FBC programs and services and our work of the past year on climate change and air quality, healthy watersheds and water resources, and sustainable, resilient regions and communities.
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Many BC rural communities face the twin demographic trends of youth out-migration and an aging baby boomer population. This presents challenges, including to the future leadership and sustainability of local businesses. Several communities are now exploring innovative strategies to encourage youth to stay in or move back to their rural hometowns.
A new program of the BC Rural Network – Project ComeBack – is offering support. Read about it.
Getting Climate Ready: Webinars
Register now for FBC's fall webinar series Getting Climate Ready: Tools for Local Governments Adapting to Climate Change, each session focusing on a different tool or resource that government managers and staff can put to practical use.
Don't miss “Watersheds 2014: Towards Watershed Governance in BC & Beyond,” taking place at the Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre in Duncan January 27-29. Space is filling up quickly for this event, so register today. Learn 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.