Shuswap Watershed Council
SWC's New Water Quality and Recreational Safety Program underway in 2016
The Shuswap Watershed Council (SWC) is a collaborative initiative to enhance water quality and safe recreation in the Shuswap for the long term.
Participating in this initiative are the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD), Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD), City of Salmon Arm, District of Sicamous, Secwepemc Nation, BC Ministry of Environment, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Regional District of North Okanagan and members of the public at large.
The SWC is implanting its five-year program with financial support from the CSRD, TNRD and City of Salmon Arm.
For more information on the SWC, see:
For background on SWC's work in 2014-2015, see:
The Fraser Basin Council serves as program manager for the Shuswap Watershed Council. You can contact SWC care of FBC's Thompson office:
200A ― 1383 McGill Road
SWC agenda packages and meeting summaries are posted in About SWC.
The most recent meeting of the SWC was held on Tuesday, May 3.
Keep up with SWC news and events.
Follow us on Twitter @ShuswapWater.
Water quality emergencies, such as spills and pollution, should be reported to the Report All Poachers and Polluters Hotline.
Presentation on Water Quality
For an overview of the Water Quality Program that will be a key part of the 2016-2020 SWC program, watch our 2014 narrated PowerPoint presentation. You can download it (note: large file), open in PowerPoint (presentation mode) and take a look.
Nutrient Management Report
A report on nutrient management in the Shuswap is available: see Agricultural Nutrient Management in the Shuswap Watershed for Maintaining and Improving Water Quality.
The report canvasses current research and management practices for reducing phosphorus loading on agricultural land and for reducing the movement of phosphorus from agricultural land into surface water. It sets opportunities for further research, education and dialogue, and strategies to improve phosphorus management.
The Shuswap Watershed Council commissioned the report to assist in the development of a five-year Water Quality Program. See full details of the SWC's program (2016-2020).