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Nechako Watershed Roundtable

Envisioning a watershed that is healthy for generations to come

The Nechako Watershed Roundtable is a new collaborative initiative underway in 2015 to protect and improve the health of the Nechako watershed for future generations.

The Roundtable (NWR) includes representation from BC First Nations, the Province of BC, local governments and other agencies and organizations having responsibilities and interests in the watershed.


The Nechako Watershed — a magnificent river system in north-central BC — is facing significant challenges, including impacts of the mountain pine beetle epidemic and salvage logging, climate change, and the diversion of water out of the Nechako watershed. Effective stewardship of the Nechako Watershed today is critical to all future generations.

In light of the challenges, there is a need to enhance awareness and collaboration to help ensure the long-term environmental health and wealth of the Nechako watershed, while addressing today’s needs for responsible resource development and resilient communities.

Different organizations have worked, and to continue to work, to improve the health of the Nechako. Most agree that activities could be better coordinated, limited resources pooled more effectively, and decision-makers and the public given more opportunities to become more aware and engaged in the health of the watershed.

Origins of the Roundtable

A dialogue began in 2012 among different bodies within the watershed, which came together informally as the Nechako Watershed Alliance. The intent was to share information and knowledge, explore common interests and brainstorm on actions needed to advance watershed health.

In the spring of 2015, participants decided to form a watershed roundtable that includes representatives of government (Provincial, Local and First Nations), community groups, academic and research communities and the general public

Guided by a core leadership committee, the Nechako Watershed Roundtable intends to create a strategic plan and to undertake and advise on water stewardship activities in the Nechako River Basin.

Roundtable Participants

Current participants in the Roundtable include:

  • Carrier-Sekani Tribal Council
  • Cheslatta Carrier Nation
  • City of Prince George
  • District of Vanderhoof
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Fraser Basin Council
  • Fraser-Fort George Regional District
  • Integrated Watershed Research Group, University of Northern BC
  • Ministry of Environment
  • Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
  • Nechako Environment and Water Stewardship Society
  • Northern Health
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
  • Saik’uz First Nation.

Terms of Reference, Structure and Core Committee

To learn more about the Nechako Watershed Roundtable, see the Terms of Reference document, which includes including a mission, objectives, guiding principles and structure for the work of the Roundtable and its core committee.

Contact Us

The Fraser Basin Council serves as secretariat for the Roundtable.

For more information, please contact:

  • Wayne Salewski: E:  | T: 250 567-9542
  • Kim Menounos: E:  | T: 250 612-0252
  • Marieka Sax: E:  | T:  250 960-5994



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.

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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