Nicola Watershed Planning Process
New Watershed Plan Ahead
In July 2015 the multi-interest Nicola Lake Steering Committee, which was overseeing implementation of the Nicola Lake Action Plan, decided that it should expand its terms of reference to address issues affecting the whole of the Nicola watershed.
A new Nicola Steering Committee will develop a Nicola Watershed Plan. The new plan will draw on the Nicola Lake Action Plan and include changes that reflect an expanded scope.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District is providing funding for this core planning work, and the Steering Committee will seek additional funding for specific work projects. The Fraser Basin Council is serving the Committee as program manager.
Nicola Steering Committee
The terms of reference for the newly restructured Nicola Steering Committee, including the Committee’s role, composition and structure, will be finalized soon.
For documents on the new planning process and helpful resources on the Nicola watershed, see Nicola Watershed Resources.
To learn about the backdrop to this initiative, read about the steps taken between 2012 and 2015 under the former Nicola Lake Planning Process.
If you have questions or would like more information, contact Tracy Thomas, Assistant Regional Manager in the Fraser Basin Council Thompson office.
Nicola Water Management Tool
Work is underway on a new web-based Nicola Water Management Tool (NWMT) for the Nicola Lake dam.
The NWMT will allow operators at the Nicola Lake Dam to consider a wider range of biophysical, ecological and socio-economic factors helpful for dam operations, including the in-lake and downstream consequences of water releases in terms of predicted flows at key index locations
Phase 1 (project design) is complete. Phase 2 will focus on software development and Phase 3 will focus on staff training and implementation of the tool. Integral to the project is upgrades of gauging stations and possibly the development of monitoring wells that provide data for the tool.