Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process (SLIPP)
In 2006 senior government staff began meeting to address issues of development, water quality and recreation on Shuswap and Mara Lakes. The Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process (SLIPP) was subsequently launched with the collaboration and participation of 13 partners representing the four orders of government (Federal, Provincial, Local and First Nations), multiple public agencies and community groups.
SLIPP was created in response to intense pressure on the lakes from increased development, wastewater discharge and conflicting demands on recreational resources. These challenges were set against a complicated regulatory environment where public agencies from every level of government have legal jurisdiction over some aspect of these water bodies and surrounding area.
There was interest among the SLIPP partners to bring land and water use planning and governance issues affecting the Shuswap watershed to a single table. The aim was to have the agencies share information, identify cross-cutting issues, and look for new opportunities to collaborate.
The vision of SLIPP:
Working together to sustain the health and prosperity of the Shuswap and Mara lakes.
SLIPP had three goals:
Strategic Plan & Pilot Project
In 2008 the SLIPP partners created a strategic plan to support these three goals and to improve communication and coordination among all agencies: Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process: Strategic Plan for Shuswap and Mara Lakes.
Early in 2011, local governments in the Shuswap pledged $1 million to a three-year SLIPP pilot project to undertake implementation of the strategic plan. The pilot project was funded through a three-year financial commitment from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD), Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) and City of Salmon Arm, and a one-year contribution (April 1, 2011 – March 31, 2012) from the District of Sicamous.
By March 2014, SLIPP had implemented most of the goals and strategies set out in the plan.
Some highlights from the work of SLIPP:
The SLIPP pilot project demonstrated the value of collaboration among the agencies responsible for water, land, wildlife, and public health and safety in the Shuswap, and working with other key interests. The approach has helped break down silos, improve inter-agency communication and undertake work that would otherwise be beyond the capacity of any one body. This is a particularly valuable approach for research, monitoring, education and community volunteerism to support the health of the watershed.
These were the partners in SLIPP:
The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) provided secretariat support for SLIPP from its inception. FBC’s role was extended to include program management in 2013-2014.
Top photo courtesy of Picture BC
SLIPP Final Report
For more on the work of SLIPP, see the Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process: Final Report.
SLIPP Resource Archive
Find key reports, plans, educational material and other resources in the SLIPP Resource Archive.
Shuswap Watershed Council
Since completion of the SLIPP pilot project, a new initiative has emerged. The Shuswap Watershed Council (SWC) is focused on enhancing water quality and safe recreation in the Shuswap for the long term. In 2014 SWC developed and proposed a five-year Water Quality Program for the watershed.
SWC is a collaborative program of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Thompson-Nicola Regional District, District of Sicamous, City of Salmon Arm, Regional District of North Okanagan, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council and Province of BC (Ministry of Agriculture), working with other agencies and interests.