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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 March 10, 2021).


These are the objectives identified for the Shuswap Watershed Council:

  1. To maintain and enhance water quality in the Shuswap watershed through collaboration with water quality monitors. By working together, we can help ensure clean water and the many benefits it affords including a healthy ecosystem and a thriving tourism economy.
  2. To coordinate and report on water quality data and information in the Shuswap watershed.
  3. To communicate with and inform residents and visitors about water quality in the Shuswap, and advocate for good practices to prevent water quality degradation. The SWC will also communicate with the public about its activities and accomplishments.
  4. To encourage safe behaviour by recreationists on and near the water.

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.

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, Quesnel 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