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News Highlights 2013-2014

In Memory - Elizabeth Henry

It is with great sadness that the Fraser Basin Council directors and staff mark the passing of Elizabeth Henry, our Program Coordinator of Climate Change and Air Quality. We will miss her greatly. Read about Elizabeth.

Youth Diversity Dialogue

Thanks to everyone who was part of our youth dialogue in Richmond on April 7-8. What an inspiring event! Urban and rural youth of diverse backgrounds came together to share their goals and aspirations, build connections, and discuss their vision for the future of the communities where they live and work. The event was hosted by the Fraser Basin Council and BC Rural Network, with support from Inspirit Foundation.

BC Clean Air Research Scholarships

The BC Clean Air Research Fund has funded three new air quality research scholarships in 2014. Congratulations to graduate students Ramin Davanpour, Annie Wang and Prabjit Barn who were selected as this year's recipients by the Robert Caton Scholarships Committee.

Presentations were made on March 10 in Vancouver at the Air Quality & Health Workshop, hosted by the BC Lung Association.

Learn about the innovative research projects these students have underway to support better air quality and human health

Colin Hansen to Chair Fraser Basin Council

Colin Handirector_hansen.jpgsen becomes the fifth Chair of FBC's Board of Directors, effective March 31, 2014.

Mr. Hansen will succeed Dr. Charles Jago CM, OBC, former President of the University of Northern British Columbia, who became Chair of the Fraser Basin Council in 2006 and is completing his third and final term of service.

Mr. Hansen recently completed a distinguished career in the public service. He served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1996 to 2013, as British Columbia’s Deputy Premier from 2009 to 2011, and as a Minister of Finance, Health Services, and Economic Development.

See our news release and backgrounder for details.





FBC’s watersheds team welcomed youth participants to a workshop at the Surrey Leadership Action Conference on October 26 — an opportunity for the students to learn about water consumption patterns and identify ways to save water and improve watershed health.

FBC to Host Rural-Urban Youth Dialogue

November 25, 2013
FBC is planning a rural-urban youth dialogue next Spring, with funding from the Inspirit Foundation. This dialogue will bring together a group of young adults from across BC to share ideas and understand different cultural, social and economic viewpoints — and to talk about the communities where they live and work. See our media release to find out more.

News from the Nicola

November 25, 2013
Read the latest on the Nicola Lake Action Plan — a new report by Golder Associates on Eurasian Watermilfoil and a report of a survey about recreation in and around Nicola Lake. Visit the Nicola Lake program page.

Langley Township Goes E3 Fleet Gold

Congratulations to the Township of Langley for achieving an E3 Fleet Gold Rating. BC’s Marion Town presented the award to Langley Mayor Jack Froese on October 28 and praised the Township’s achievements in fleet management, energy efficiency and emissions reduction. Read about it.

Salmon-Safe Communities for BC

Salmon-Safe certification is now available for urban and suburban lands in BC — including parks, business sites, campuses and residential developments. The Fraser Basin Council and Pacific Salmon Foundation partnered with Salmon-Safe of the US Pacific Northwest two years ago to introduce the program in BC. Salmon-Safe recognizes environmentally friendly management practices that help protect Pacific salmon habitat and water quality. See details.

2013 Air Quality Research Scholarships

Three talented graduate students are embarking on exciting new air quality research, with support from the BC Clean Air Research Fund. Learn more.

Regional Climate Change Adaptation

How are BC communities and natural resource industries preparing for climate change? See highlights of current work and new resources from the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative.

Rural Sustainability Planning

Integrated Community Sustainability Planning — Implications for Rural British Columbia looks at both municipal and regional perspectives on priority strategies and actions in rural BC.  Download your copy.

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