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Nicola Basin Collaborative

Since 2016-2017, the Fraser Basin Council has engaged a number of agencies and private land owners to work on a collaborative plan to identify, prioritize and address issues in the Nicola watershed.

Nicola Water Management Tool Refresher Course: Resources

 NWMT webinar resources

See materials from the September 15 course on the development and use of the Nicola Water Management Tool.

Reports & Resources


Here are some of the most recent material produced under the guidance of the Nicola Basin Collaborative initiative


Province of FBC Ecological Catalogue database (EcoCat)

Search the EcoCat database for additional reports and materials. Hint: Search by "Nicola" or Coldwater" and scan search results, which appear in alphabetical order.

Access EcoCat

Nicola Basin Collaborative Research and Technical Committee Meetings

March 5, 2020 Committee Meeting (Merritt)

September 26, 2019 Committee Meeting (Merritt)

Presentation slide decks from the meeting are available:

March 14, 2019 Committee Meeting (Merritt)

Presentation slide decks from the meeting are available:

Nicola Symposium 2018


Thanks to everyone who was part of the first annual Nicola Symposium “Collaboration in a Sensitive Watershed,” hosted by the Fraser Basin Council, in collaboration with the Nicola
Valley Institute of Technology.

Some of the presentation slides are now available:

Update! Strategic Plan Design for Communication, Projects and Research


In 2016-2017 the Nicola Basin Collaborative oversaw a  Strategic Plan Design for Communication, Projects and Research in the Nicola River Basin.

The goals and objectives of the plan are aimed at:

  • improving information-sharing and collaboration within the Nicola Basin Collaborative membership
  • improving public understanding of the Nicola basin issues and opportunities, and the work being done
  • improving land and water decision-making and management to support water sustainability in the Nicola River Basin
  • supporting Nicola River basin operators/managers with operational projects consistent with the plan purpose and with guidance from the Nicola Basin Collaborative committees
  • understanding Nicola watershed hydrology and its implications to social, environmental and economic perspectives.

Past Nicola Watershed Work

nicola_plan_fan.jpgThe Fraser Basin Council has helped support watershed work in the Nicola for a number of years.

In the Fall of 2012 the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and the City of Merritt began a planning process for Nicola Lake. Thanks to the efforts of a multi-sector Nicola Lake Working Group and public input, a Nicola Lake Action Plan was completed in mid-2013. FBC served as secretariat for the Working Group.

A Nicola Lake Steering Committee subsequently took on responsibility for implementing key portions of the Nicola Lake Plan and to report to the public on its work. Priority projects for 2013-2015 included a management regime for Eurasian watermilfoil, learning more about nutrients coming into the lake and tributaries, reducing lakeshore erosion and sediment flows, educating the public about key issues, and exploring sustainable lake-based tourism opportunities. 2015-2016 projects included work on the Nicola Water Management Tool. The Steering Committee concluded that there would be value in a watershed-wide plan if funding were available.

Read about the Nicola Lake planning process and projects from 2013-2016.


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

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Climate Action Toolkit: 

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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