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About the Shuswap Watershed Council

Read the SWC FAQs

Interested in the work of the Shuswap Watershed Council? Take a look at some of our most Frequently Asked Questions!

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 Jay Simpson, Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Area F.

See the full SWC membership (as of March 9, 2023).

Program Administration

The Fraser Basin Council, a BC non-profit organization established in 1997, provides staff services to the Shuswap Watershed Council.


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.

Our Vision

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

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

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

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351

We are grateful at the Fraser Basin Council Society to live and work on the unceded ancestral
territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.