Nicola Basin Collaborative
Beginning in 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 Collaborative Research and Technical Committee
The Committee met March 14, 2019 in 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
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:
Past Nicola Watershed Work
The 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.
Nicola Water Management Tool
Phase 1 (project design) has been completed on a new web-based Nicola Water Management Tool (NWMT) for the Nicola Lake dam. Read the draft report.
The NWMT is intended to allow operators at the Nicola Lake Dam to consider a wider range of biophysical, ecological and socio-economic factors helpful for dam operations, including the in-lake and downstream consequences of water releases in terms of predicted flows at key index locations.
Once development of the tool is complete, user training will take place, contingent on funding. Integral to the project is upgrades of gauging stations and possibly the development of monitoring wells that provide data for the tool.
Groundwater Data Analysis
Golder Associates Ltd. has completed its analysis of existing data to develop a hydrogeological model for the Nicola watershed. The study is the second phase of an initiative to develop a groundwater flow model for the Nicola valley bottoms, which represent areas of highest groundwater availability, use and environmental flow needs. See the June 28, 2018 report Data Compilation Plan to Support Numerical Flow Modelling Strategy - Nicola River Project.
Aquifer Classification & Mapping
A new report is out on the Nicola Watershed Aquifer Classification and Mapping project.
The project updates previous mapping with newly obtained subsurface information. It is intended to serve as the framework for development of a conceptual hydrogeological model for the area and potential numerical or analytical groundwater flow modelling.
Thermal Refuge Mapping
In 2016-2017 FBC oversaw a project to map critical summer thermal refuge habitat on the Nicola and Coldwater Rivers for Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, Steelhead and Bull trout. The work is expected to support decison-makers involved in watershed planning.
The project report and maps are now available. Visit the project page.
Nicola SHIM & AHI
A new report is out on Sensitive Habitat Inventory & Mapping and an Aquatic Health Index for the Nicola Basin.