Nechako Watershed Roundtable Public Open House Sessions: Update on the Nechako Watershed Strategy
June 23, 2016
The Gathering Place University of Northern BC, Prince George Room 5-123, Geoffrey R. Weller Library Building
Photo courtesy of Ian Picketts
The Fraser Basin Council, in partnership with the Nechako Watershed Roundtable (NWR), invites you to one of two public open house sessions on June 23, 2016 to learn about the development of the Nechako Watershed Strategy and to share your ideas.
How to Participate
Join us at one of two free public open house sessions or, if you can’t attend in person, join us by teleconference/webinar. Just let us know your preference when you RSVP via the link below.
1) Choose A Public Open House Session:
Session 1 (Afternoon): 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Session 2 (Evening)*: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm *Note: This session may be cancelled if registration is low
2) Connect By Teleconference/Webinar – we’ll send you connection details once we have your RSVP.
About the Open House Sessions
Each public open house session will offer:
An update on the activities of the NWR Core Committee
An update on the development and progress of the Nechako Watershed Strategy
Key highlights from the latest draft of the Strategy and next steps
Opportunities for dialogue and to provide input on key areas of the Strategy
Opportunities for networking and sharing of knowledge and experiences.
Share your thoughts! Come tell us:
Any additional issues and concerns you think should be priorities in the Nechako watershed
Projects and actions you think could benefit the health of the Nechako watershed and its communities and ecosystems
Commitments that would advance these actions and projects.
We hope you can join us for this very exciting event! Light refreshments will be available at each session. (Note that the evening session may be cancelled if registration is low).
FBC and the Nechako Watershed Roundtable hosted three other community meetings about the Nechako watershed in May 2016 at Fraser Lake (May 9), Fort St. James (May 10) and Burns Lake (May 11). A big thank-you to all participants!
The meetings were aimed at:
Introducing the Nechako Watershed Strategy process
Facilitating dialogue and input on issues and concerns in the Nechako watershed
Raising awareness about current projects and actions underway and discussing new actions to advance the health of the Nechako watershed and its communities and ecosystems
Providing opportunities for networking and sharing knowledge and experiences.
The Fraser Basin Council and Nechako Watershed Roundtable also engaged in a dialogue with residents across the Nechako region on:
Priority issues and concerns in the Nechako watershed
Projects and actions currently underway across the region
Other projects and actions could benefit the health of the Nechako Watershed and its communities and ecosystems.
Background on the Nechako Watershed and the Nechako Watershed Roundtable
British Columbians recognize water as one of our most precious natural resources, and that healthy watersheds are critical to our long-term social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being. Yet the Nechako Watershed – a magnificent river system in north-central BC – is facing significant challenges, including impacts of the mountain pine beetle epidemic and salvage logging, climate change and diversion of water out of the Nechako watershed, to name a few. Effective stewardship of the Nechako Watershed today is critical for the health and well-being of current and future generations.
In light of these challenges, there is a need to enhance awareness and collaboration to help ensure the long-term environmental health and wealth of the Nechako watershed while addressing today’s needs for responsible resource development and resilient communities.
Although several organizations have worked and continue to work on improving the health of the Nechako watershed, various activities could be better coordinated and limited resources could be pooled more effectively. In addition, increased opportunities are needed for decision-makers and the public to become more aware and engaged with respect to the current status and possible future for the watershed.
The Nechako Watershed Roundtable (NWR) formed to address some of these challenges and opportunities through a collaborative approach. The NWR is a group of representatives from a diversity of organizations, local governments, First Nations, and other government agencies with a shared commitment and concern to protect and improve the health of the Nechako watershed.
An early priority of the Roundtable is to develop a comprehensive strategy to advance the long-term health of the Nechako watershed, including priorities for early, medium and long-term actions. This initiative aims to engage the communities of Prince George, Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, Burns Lake as well as the First Nations communities within the watershed. We will also be engaging with representatives of non-government organizations and the private sector to seek input from a diversity of perspectives and build a sense of shared ownership for watershed health and a shared
Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.
About the Fraser Basin Council
The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.