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About the Shuswap Watershed Council

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The Shuswap Watershed Council (SWC) was established in 2014 as a watershed-based partnership of several organizations with an interest or responsibility for protecting water quality. There are up to 22 members that represent three regional districts, two municipalities, the Secwepemc Nation, three provincial government agencies and Shuswap communities.

The SWC is a collaborative, non-regulatory group that focuses on strategic initiatives to protect, maintain and enhance water quality and to promote safe recreation in the Shuswap. The SWC works alongside organizations that have regulatory roles in managing the Shuswap watershed, complementing their work and carefully avoiding duplication.


Enhanced water quality that supports human and ecosystem health and the local economy in the Shuswap watershed.


The SWC is chaired by Rhona Martin, Director of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District for Area E – Rural Sicamous and Malakwa.

See the full SWC membership (as of July 15, 2024).

Program Administration and Management

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC), a BC non-profit organization established in 1997, provides staff services to the Shuswap Watershed Council. Healthy watersheds and water resources are a priority area for FBC, which regularly facilitates and supports multi-party collaborative initiatives focused on water issues and other sustainability challenges. There are two staff in FBC’s Kamloops office that manage all of SWC’s programs and initiatives.


The SWC’s goals are laid out in the Strategic Plan for 2021-26, as follows:

  1. Water Quality is maintained and improved in the Shuswap for the benefits of a healthy ecosystem, a thriving tourism economy and a desirable lifestyle for residents,
  2. The SWC is the trusted, go-to source for water quality information in the Shuswap,
  3. People in the Shuswap practice safe water-based recreation,
  4. The SWC is a well-governed, transparent, collaborative organization.

Terms of Reference and Statement of Principles

To learn more about the Shuswap Watershed Council, see:

For SWC meeting agendas, summaries and highlights, see SWC Meetings.

For information about the SWC’s work  such as the annual budget, work plan, and annual reports – see SWC Resources.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

Where We Work

We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

Strategic Priorities

At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

With our partners, we work on a range of collaborative, multi-sector initiatives, such as those focused on flood management, community wildfire planning, air quality improvement, energy-efficient buildings, green transportation (including the uptake of electric vehicles and expansion of charging infrastructure), watershed planning and youth-driven climate action projects.

FBC Program Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative

Contact Us

FBC staff work from our Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George offices, and from several other locations.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff or contact our administration office:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350