About the Shuswap Watershed Council
The Shuswap Watershed Council (SWC) is a collaborative program of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD), Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD), District of Sicamous, City of Salmon Arm, Regional District of North Okanagan, Secwepemc Nation and Province of BC (Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy), working with other agencies and interests.
The mandate of the Shuswap Watershed Council is to help enhance water quality and safe recreation in the Shuswap for the long term. In 2014-2015 SWC focused efforts on development of a five-year Water Quality and Safe Recreation Education Programs for the watershed. Implementation of these programs began in 2016, with financial support from the TNRD, CSRD and City of Salmon Arm. The SWC recently completed a new strategic plan for 2021-26, which will come into effect in April next year.
The Shuswap Watershed Council is a collaborative, non-regulatory initiative and will not duplicate the work of any agencies with responsibilities for water.
This is the vision of the SWC for the Water Quality Program:
Enhanced water quality that supports human and ecosystem health and the local economy in the Shuswap watershed.
The SWC is chaired by Paul Demenok, Electoral Area Director for the CSRD, Area C.
See all members on the SWC membership list (as of August 24, 2020).
These are the objectives identified for the Shuswap Watershed Council:
Terms of Reference and Statement of Principles
To learn more about the Shuswap Watershed Council, see:
Also, see our flyer What is the Shuswap Watershed Council? (PDF)
For SWC meeting agendas, summaries and highlights, see SWC Meetings.