Keeping the Shuswap Free of Invasives
The Shuswap risks being invaded by aquatic mussels. Sounds like a science fiction flick, doesn’t it? It’s not – it’s a very real threat.
The Shuswap Watershed Council, for which FBC provide program support, has tips for preventing the spread. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor to the Shuswap, whether you’re a boater, paddler, or fisher – there's an opportunity to help.
FBC Strategic Plan
The 2021-2026 Strategic Plan will guide the Fraser Basin Council in our work over the next five years. As we approach the close of our first 25 years of service, the plan also helps us keep an eye on the horizon to prepare for the next 25 years — which will bring sustainability challenges and opportunities.
We look forward to continuing our work with communities in the Fraser Basin and throughout BC.
FBC's Co-Creating a Sustainable BC program brings together youth from different regions of BC to connect, collaborate, plan and lead sustainability projects in their own communities. Here's a peek at this fall's gathering!
Uchucklesaht Clean Energy Transition
The Uchucklesaht Tribe Government —a Modern Treaty Nation and member of the Maa-nulth Treaty Society — has been working on interrelated projects to increase energy efficiency, improve the quality of housing in its communities, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The projects include new housing developments, planning for a hydropower project to replace diesel electricity generation, and development of a Community Energy and Emissions Plan.
Read about it in the latest First Nations Home EnergySave community story!
BC Transit's handyDART Centre in View Royal is Certified Salmon-Safe
BC Transit’s new handyDART Centre in View Royal, set to open in 2024, has been certified as Vancouver Island’s first Salmon Safe site. The BC Transit site is being recognized for excellence in water conservation, stormwater management and restoration of a stream that runs into the salmon-bearing Craigflower Creek. Certification of the site was announced September 26 by the Fraser Basin Council and the Salmon-Safe program, which recognizes progressive, environmentally friendly land and water management practices in BC.
Read about it! Media Release and Backgrounder
Learn more about the urban site certification standards at Salmon-Safe BC.
Pictured above: Tim Croyle (Chief Operating Officer, BC Transit), Theresa Fresco (Regional Manager, Fraser Basin Council), Aaron Lamb (Chief Sustainability Officer, BC Transit), David Marshall (CEO, Fraser Basin Council) and Melissa Zimmerman (People & Culture Vice President, BC Transit).
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Events
The Fraser Basin Council offices are closed on September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This is a day of reflection to honour the Indigenous children who never returned home from residential schools, as well as the school survivors, their families and communities. To join with others today, check in your community calendar or consider some of the opportunities we've listed.
Nuxalk Nation Brings Home BCIT Zero Energy Building Training
Nuxalk Nation is building a community workforce of carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other trade workers to meet its housing needs — and has wanted to make skills training available close to home. Working with Richard Hall, a housing consultant and member of Nuxalk Nation, the Fraser Basin Council has supported this work by organizing BCIT's Zero Energy Building Training at Nuxalk Nation. Twelve carpentry students in the community attended the training, through in-person and virtual sessions, and gained a grounding in zero energy building practices. Head to the First Nations Home EnergySave program for more on the Nuxalk Nation community success story.
At the same time, take a look at Ask an Energy Specialist, a project that connects energy specialists with First Nations communities in the early stages of planning or implementing energy efficiency housing projects.
Research on Fraser Canyon Slides
Current landslides in BC are a sober reminder of the serious impacts that slides can have on communities, infrastructure and transportation routes. Slides can also seriously impact waterways - such as how and where rivers flow and how passable they become following a slide. FBC is part of a project team looking into the impact of Fraser River Canyon landslides on river flows and migrating salmon. This new project will consider potential impacts of future slides similar to the 2018 Big Bar slide, which sent a large amount of rock and debris into the Fraser River southwest of Clinton and blocked fish passage. Learn more.
The Fraser Basin Council welcomes charitable donations at any time through Canada Helps — via our Canada Helps Donation Page.
Thanks to all donors who are supporting FBC in our sustainability projects.