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About the Shuswap Watershed Council

The Shuswap Watershed Council (SWC) is a collaborative program of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD), Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD), District of Sicamous, City of Salmon Arm, Regional District of North Okanagan, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council and Province of BC (Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environment), working with other agencies and interests.

The mandate of the Shuswap Watershed Council is to help enhance water quality and safe recreation in the Shuswap for the long term. In 2014-2015 SWC focused efforts on development of a five-year Water Quality and Safe Recreation Education Programs for the watershed. Implementation of these programs began in 2016, with financial support from the TNRD, CSRD and City of Salmon Arm.

The Shuswap Watershed Council is a collaborative, non-regulatory initiative and will not duplicate the work of any agencies with responsibilities for water.


This is the vision of the SWC for the Water Quality Program:

Enhanced water quality that supports human and ecosystem health and the local economy in the Shuswap watershed.


The SWC is chaired by Paul Demenok, Electoral Area Director for the CSRD, Area C.

See all members on the SWC membership list (as of January 24, 2017).


These are the objectives identified for the Water Quality Program:

  1. COLLABORATE with all water quality monitoring partners and regulatory agencies to maintain and enhance the quality of water in the Shuswap watershed for the following reasons:
    • To ensure that standards for safe drinking water are met or exceeded
    • To support the economic and recreational benefits of good water quality including tourism, boating, fishing, swimming and sustainable development
    • To avoid duplication of effort, save time and money, and
    • work with partners through a fair and equitable resourcing of the program.
  2. COORDINATE and report on water quality information in the Shuswap watershed.
  3. COMMUNICATE with, inform and engage residents, visitors and the public and private sector.
  4. From time to time, consider projects that EDUCATE recreational users about safety on the water.

Terms of Reference and Statement of Principles

To learn more about the Shuswap Watershed Council, see:


For SWC meeting agendas, summaries and highlights, see SWC Meetings.



Our Vision

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.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:

BuySmart Network:

BC Rural Network:

Rethinking our Water Ways:

ReTooling for Climate Change:

Climate Action Toolkit:

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351