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Nicola Collaborative Program – Strategic Plan Design for Planning Research, Projects and Outreach


In 2016-2017 the Fraser Basin Council 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, including lack of riparian vegetation, to help guide on-the-ground work of land managers.

The collaborative plan addresses such issues as:

  • restoration and enhancement of habitat and improved management of habitat for target species
  • stopping or mitigating human activities that are potential threats to target species or their habitat
  • engagement of Canadian landowners, resource users and volunteers directly in activities to prevent species from becoming of conservation concern.

By bringing together multiple interests, FBC is helping to increase cooperation and the coordination across the watershed in research projects and program delivery.

For more about the plan, contact:

Tracy Thomas
Fraser Basin Council
T: 250 314-9660


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.

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Climate Action Toolkit:

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