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Chilliwack River Watershed Strategy

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Skwah Chief Jack Mussell offers a briefing on Chilliwack River watershed issues during a field tour.

In 2009 a collaboration of individuals from federal, provincial and local government agencies, First Nations and community groups completed a strategy to improve the health and sustainability of the Chilliwack River watershed. The team began work in 2004, and in 2006 the FBC Regional Manager was asked to facilitate meetings for the team.

The overarching goal was “to provide a common understanding of watershed values, based on sound science and local knowledge, to assist in decision-making that will promote and improve the sustainability of the Chilliwack River Watershed.” The project aimed to increase public awareness and to identify stewardship and enhancement opportunities.

A draft strategy (2008) and series of issues papers examined key challenges in the watershed relating to wildlife and habitat, settlement and growth, resource extraction and human activities. In 2009 the team released a final report and recommendations touching on recreation, forestry, illegal dumping, river hazards, invasive species and fishing practices. Through follow-up with federal and provincial ministries, a number of opportunities emerged for future collaboration.

Participants in the initiative include staff of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD), Fraser Valley Regional Watersheds Coalition (FVRWC), Skwah First Nation, BC Integrated Land Management Bureau, Soowahlie First Nation and BC Ministry of Environment.

Funding was from the Fraser Salmon and Watersheds Program, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Watershed-based Fish Sustainability Planning), the Fraser Valley Regional District, and the Fraser Valley Regional Watersheds Coalition. Work of the team was highlighted in 2009 at a Community-to-Community Forum.

Learn More

Visit the Chilliwack River Watershed Strategy website for project reports:

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.

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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

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