Nicola Collaborative Program – Strategic Plan Design for Planning Research, Projects and Outreach
In 2016-2017 the Fraser Basin Council engaged a number of agencies and private land owners to work on a collaborative plan to identify, prioritize and address issues in the Nicola watershed, including lack of riparian vegetation, to help guide on-the-ground work of land managers.
The collaborative plan addresses such issues as:
By bringing together multiple interests, FBC is helping to increase cooperation and the coordination across the watershed in research projects and program delivery.
For more about the plan, contact:
Past Nicola Watershed Work
The Fraser Basin Council has helped support watershed work in the Nicola for a number of years.
In the Fall of 2012 the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and the City of Merritt began a planning process for Nicola Lake. Thanks to the efforts of a multi-sector Nicola Lake Working Group and public input, a Nicola Lake Action Plan was completed in mid-2013. FBC served as secretariat for the Working Group.
A Nicola Lake Steering Committee subsequently took on responsibility for implementing key portions of the Nicola Lake Plan and to report to the public on its work. Priority projects for 2013-2015 included a management regime for Eurasian watermilfoil, learning more about nutrients coming into the lake and tributaries, reducing lakeshore erosion and sediment flows, educating the public about key issues, and exploring sustainable lake-based tourism opportunities. 2015-2016 projects included work on the Nicola Water Management Tool. The Steering Committee concluded that there would be value in a watershed-wide plan if funding were available.
Read about the Nicola Lake planning process and projects from 2013-2016.