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.
Canada in a Changing Climate - Focus on BC
FBC's ReTooling for Climate Change program is hosting a webinar on May 18 (1-2:30 pm PDT) webinar on release of the BC Chapter of “Canada in a Changing Climate Regional Perspectives Report," part of the National Resources Canada national assessment. Register on the ReTooling website.
Share the EV Experience - Funding Available!
Share the electric vehicle experience in your community! The Emotive Community Outreach Incentive Program, managed by FBC’s Plug in BC team, is accepting new applications for provincial funding to support EV outreach and education.
Apply to hold a test-drive event, vehicle demonstration, webinar or educational session, or come up with something else tailored for your community! Local governments, First Nations, businesses and NGOs are eligible to apply, now through May 25, 2022.
FBC CEO David Marshall (centre left) presents Vancouver International Airport President and CEO Tamara Vrooman with a certificate to recognize YVR's Salmon-Safe recertification. Joining the event were Morgan Guerin, Senior Marine Planning Specialist of Musqueam First Nation (right), and Andrea McDonald, FBC Program Coordinator, GVSS region.
YVR Earns Salmon-Safe Recertification
On April 22 the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) was recertified by FBC’s Salmon-Safe BC program to recognize YVR’s ongoing commitment to progressive land and water management practices that benefit Pacific salmon habitat and water quality. YVR was the first airport in North America to achieve Salmon-Safe certification in 2016 and is now the first organization in Canada to be recertified.
YVR has integrated Salmon-Safe principles into its operations, such as by taking steps to reduce harmful pesticides; implement a comprehensive stormwater management plan; reduce site-wide water consumption and ensure zero sediment runoff during future construction activities. YVR’s commitments are important, given its location in a busy and growing metropolitan area at the mouth of the Stó꞉lō or Fraser River — one of the world’s most important salmon-bearing rivers.
The Salmon-Safe BC recertification assessment was undertaken by a team that included an Indigenous knowledge holder from Musqueam First Nation on whose traditional territories the airport is located. Including Indigenous ways of knowing in the Salmon-Safe process offers essential insights in the assessment and brings together knowledge streams in way that reinforces a commitment to stewardship and to reconciliation.
There is opportunity for many other BC businesses, industries, communities and organizations to seek Salmon-Safe certification for sites they manage. This includes offices, retail centres, parks and campuses in urban and suburban areas.
REFBC Land Awards
FBC is honoured to have the First Nations Home EnergySave Program selected as a finalist in the Real Estate Foundation of BC 2022 Land Awards - our thanks to the Foundation and congratulations to all the finalists! Most importantly, we are inspired by the leadership of First Nations, many in remote parts of BC, that are working through education and mentorship to achieve energy efficiency in new and renovated homes in their communities. Well done!
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.