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Nicola Water Management Tool


The Nicola Water Management Tool (NWMT) is a web-based decision support tool related to real-time water releases at the Nicola Lake dam. The NWMT is intended to allow operators at the 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. Integral to the project is upgrades of gauging stations and possibly the development of monitoring wells that provide data for the tool.

The tool will support decision-makers with respect to:

  • management of flood risk above and below the Nicola Lake dam
  • improved flow management to support all life stages of several species of fish
  • evaluate the potential benefits of voluntary water use reductions
  • forecast the short-term water temperature.

The NWMT will automate biophysical calculations and provide intuitive visualizations related to key performance indicators for the management of fish, water and land, and may simulate the potential benefits of water conservation.

Read the Report

A report was completed in September 2020 and updated in 2021: Nicola Basin Fish/Water Management Tool Design Document (March 2021).

Read the Report

Also see the Nicola Water Management Tool 2B (Task 7) Water Use Sub-Model letter report (2017).

Access the Tool

You can access the Nicola Water Management Tool at If you don’t have an account, click “request account” in the bottom right of the page.

Access the Tool




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

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

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.