Nechako Watershed Roundtable
Envisioning a watershed that is healthy for generations to come
2018 Nechako Watershed Roundtable Annual Meeting
The Nechako Watershed Roundtable is a 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 such as wildfire and drought, 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.
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 has drafted a Nechako Watershed Strategy (Full Report | Summary) and intends to undertake and advise on water stewardship activities in the Nechako River Basin.
Participants in annual meetings of the Roundtable have included:
Funding to support the Nechako Watershed Roundtable operations and projects has been generously provided by the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, the Fraser Basin Council, the City of Prince George, the Village of Burns Lake, the District of Vanderhoof, the District of Fort St. James, the Village of Fraser Lake, the Fraser-Fort George Regional District Electoral Areas A and C, and the Bulkley-Nechako Regional District Electoral Areas B, C, D, E, F.
This financial support has complemented and leveraged significant in-kind contributions from Core Committee members, partner organizations and Roundtable participants.
To learn more about the Nechako Watershed Roundtable, see the Terms of Reference document, which includes a mission, objectives, guiding principles and structure for the work of the Roundtable and its core committee.
The Fraser Basin Council serves as secretariat for the Roundtable.
For more information, please contact:
The Nechako Watershed Roundtable thanks everyone who turned out for the Roundtable's annual meeting on November 2 in the home of the Nadleh Whut'en in Nautley.
Here is a summary of the meeting:
Presentation slide decks from the meeting are also available (PDF):
Discussion this year focused on NWR activities, watershed health, response to wildfire events and risks to watershed health associated with them.
Statement of Concern
On October 19 the NWR Core Committee issued a statement to express concern for the health of the Nechako watershed following a decade of unprecedented wildfire and other changes in the watershed. Read the statement.
The Nechako Watershed Roundtable with the support of the Fraser Basin Council have completed the first version of the Nechako Watershed Strategy. An early priority of the Roundtable, the Strategy aims to identify priority issues and actions needed to advance watershed health; highlight activities and initiatives already underway; support enhanced coordination of current activities; and propose further actions to address the issues and concerns raised by community stakeholders. A summary report on the Nechako Watershed Strategy and the full Strategy are available for download:
Two resources on the Nechako Watershed you’ll want to check out: