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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 Basin Chinook Risk Assessment

Nicola Basin Chinook Risk Assessment

This summary reports on the results of a Nicola Basin Chinook Level 1 Risk Assessment (RAMS) process that was applied through workshops with the Nicola Basin Collaborative Research and Technical Committee over 2021-2022. The goal was to assess the risks or factors limiting the productive potential of Chinook salmon in the Nicola watershed.

The report finds Nicola Chinook are under intense threats as a result of flooding, droughts, water removals, salvage, logging, fires and removal of riparian areas. The main threats come from forestry, agriculture, human development and climate change.

Read for a look at the risk assessment process and results, see Nicola Basin Chinook Level 1 Risk Assessment.

City of Merritt Groundwater-Surface Water Interaction Study

A 2022 report, produced by WSP/Golder Associates for FBC and the Province of BC, provides an updated analysis of groundwater-surface water interaction within the City of Merrit, and it includes an analysis of the effect of pumping at the municipal wells and sources of recharge to the Upper Merritt.

Learn more: Analysis of the City of Merritt Groundwater-Surface Water Data - Fall 2021.

Restoration in the Nicola Watershed

NEW! See an FBC report on Nicola restoration projects in this January 2022 summary report.

Summary report on Nicola restoration projects

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

November 2, 2021 Committee Meeting

March 16, 2021 Committee Meeting

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:


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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ReTooling for Climate Change:

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Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

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

We are grateful at the Fraser Basin Council Society to live and work on the unceded ancestral
territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.