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NEW! Phosphorus Action Plan for the Shuswap watershed

Phosphorus Action PlanPhosphorus (P) is a non-replaceable, non-renewable mineral resource that is essential to many forms of life, and to the agriculture sector for food security. There is no substitute for it and it’s important for supporting a healthy ecosystem. But, when there are excessive amounts of phosphorus in aquatic environments it can increase algal growth, reduce water clarity, create odours, reduce the quality of water for drinking and recreation, and — in a worst-case scenario — form harmful algal blooms that are toxic to people, pets and livestock.

The purpose of the Phosphorus Action Plan is to provide guidance to everyone in the Shuswap on actions they can take to protect water quality by reducing the amount of phosphorus being released into the watershed. Additionally, the Plan summarizes the regulatory framework for P, because the use of phosphorus and the discharge of phosphorus-rich effluents is regulated in many ways. The provincial government has the most specific regulations to directly manage P and other nutrients, as well as regulating agriculture and resource management (e.g., forestry) activities in the watershed.


We are all stewards of the watershed, and we can all play a part in protecting our water quality whether we are:

  • working as agriculturalists or silviculturists
  • building or maintaining roads
  • tending to parks, lawns and gardens
  • choosing household products and minding what we flush down our drains
  • properly maintaining septic systems, and more

This Plan is for all of us!


The Phosphorus Action Plan was featured in a SalmonSafe BC webinar in February 2023. Take a look!


Would you like to learn more? Check out this mini-report published by the Shuswap Watershed Council (2020): Understanding Nutrients and Water Quality in the Shuswap River and Salmon River

 Understanding Nutrients

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

Where We Work

We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

Strategic Priorities

At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

With our partners, we work on a range of collaborative, multi-sector initiatives, such as those focused on flood management, community wildfire planning, air quality improvement, energy-efficient buildings, green transportation (including the uptake of electric vehicles and expansion of charging infrastructure), watershed planning and youth-driven climate action projects.

FBC Program Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative

Contact Us

FBC staff work from our Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George offices, and from several other locations.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff or contact our administration office:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350