Nechako Watershed Roundtable
Envisioning a watershed that is healthy for generations to come
The Nechako Watershed Roundtable is a new collaborative initiative underway in 2015 to protect and improve the health of the Nechako watershed for future generations.
The Roundtable (NWR) includes representation from BC First Nations, the Province of BC, local governments and other agencies and organizations having responsibilities and interests in the watershed.
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 the diversion of water out of the Nechako watershed. Effective stewardship of the Nechako Watershed today is critical to all future generations.
In light of the 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.
Different organizations have worked, and to continue to work, to improve the health of the Nechako. Most agree that activities could be better coordinated, limited resources pooled more effectively, and decision-makers and the public given more opportunities to become more aware and engaged in the health of the watershed.
A dialogue began in 2012 among different bodies within the watershed, which came together informally as the Nechako Watershed Alliance. The intent was to share information and knowledge, explore common interests and brainstorm on actions needed to advance watershed health.
In the spring of 2015, participants decided to form a watershed roundtable that includes representatives of government (Provincial, Local and First Nations), community groups, academic and research communities and the general public
Guided by a core leadership committee, the Nechako Watershed Roundtable intends to create a strategic plan and to undertake and advise on water stewardship activities in the Nechako River Basin.
Current participants in the Roundtable include:
The NWR has developed, updated and approved in principle Terms of Reference, including a mission, objectives and guiding principles, for its work and for the work of its core committee.
The Fraser Basin Council serves as secretariat for the Roundtable.
For more information, please contact:
Hot Off the Press
The Nechako Watershed Roundtable with the support of the Fraser Basin Council have completed the first version of the Nechako Watershed Strategy. An early priority of the Roundtable, the Strategy aims to identify priority issues and actions needed to advance watershed health; highlight activities and initiatives already underway; support enhanced coordination of current activities; and propose further actions to address the issues and concerns raised by community stakeholders. A summary report on the Nechako Watershed Strategy and the full Strategy are available for download:
In the News
In 2015-2016 the Nechako Watershed Roundtable hosted community meetings in Fraser Lake, Fort St. James, Burns Lake and Prince George and is exploring strategies to help protect the Nechako watershed for future generations. Watch for the Roundtable’s report later this fall.
See NWR in the News for recent Roundtable outreach and media coverage, including a presentation to Prince George Council.
Open House Thanks
The Nechako Watershed Roundtable would like to thank everyone who attended our community open house forums in Prince George, Fraser Lake, Fort St. James and Burns Lake. It has been important for the Roundtable to connect with you on challenges in the watershed and opportunities to collaborate to advance watershed health. The NWR plans to report out on its work in the fall of 2016.
Thanks to all who attended the celebratory launch of the Nechako Watershed Roundtable and the Roundtable's first business meeting in 2015, both at UNBC in Prince George. Your spirit and energy gave the Roundtable a great start in its work.
A report on these two events is now available: see Nechako Watershed Roundtable Launch October 21 & 22.
Thanks to Sponsors
The early work of the Roundtable is possible thanks to the generous contributions of the Real Estate Foundation of BC, the Omineca Beetle Action Committee, the Regional Districts of Fraser-Fort George and Bulkley-Nechako, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the University of Northern BC.
FBC has been honoured to serve as secretariat.
If you would like to support the work of the Roundtable, please contact Theresa Fresco.
Two resources on the Nechako Watershed you’ll want to check out: