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SWC Advocacy Correspondence for Watershed Health

The Shuswap Watershed Council plays an important role as an advocate for the Shuswap watershed. The SWC has called on provincial and federal authorities to take steps to ensure a healthy watershed. Here is the correspondence from the SWC that addresses the issues and encourages preventative and corrective actions.

Water Quality Correspondence

Algal Bloom Monitoring, Analysis and Communication of Results

SWC Letter of November 8, 2023

A follow-up letter to Interior Health from the SWC and four local governments respecting algal bloom response and responsibilities. The letter asks Interior Health, given its health mandate, to have lead responsibility for monitoring beach water quality and algal blooms, including collection and analysis of water samples, posting advisories based on the results of water tests, and communicating to the public.

SWC Letter of January 17, 2023

A letter from the SWC and three local governments to Interior Health regarding algal bloom response and responsibilities.

Environmentally Protective Agricultural Practices

SWC Letter of October 12, 2022 and attached images (below)

Letter from the Shuswap Watershed Council to the Hon. George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, to express concern about deteriorating water quality in the Salmon Arm of Shuswap Lake, and to ask for the ministry’s leadership in restoring and protecting this waterway. In particular, the SWC referenced the ministry's jurisdictional responsibility for ensuring environmentally protective agricultural practices through implementation and compliance with the 2018 Agricultural Environmental Management Code of Practice.

Letter attachments:

Reply (by email) of March 2, 2023 from George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy


 Letter of October 11, 2022

Letter from the Shuswap Watershed Council to the Assistant Deputy Minister of BC Parks and Conservation Officer Service Division to express concern about the lack of watercraft wastewater pump-out and disposal facilities around Shuswap and Mara Lakes.

Invasive Mussels Correspondence

For background, see Invasive Mussels.

SWC Letter of February 22, 2024

Letter from the Shuswap Watershed Council to four federal departments to say that, while while supportive of recent federal investments towards invasive mussel prevention, the SWC remained concerned over significant gaps in the British Columbia Invasive Mussel Defence Program. The letter calls for immediate and long-term federal funding for the Province to undertake the necessary preventive work, including the establishment of permanent watercraft inspection stations at all entry-points into BC, open 24 hours/day and 365 days/year. The letter also calls for all watercraft at Canadian border crossings into Western Canada be inspected for invasive mussels.

SWC Letter of November 28, 2023

Letter from the Shuswap Watershed Council to three federal departments to reiterate concerns about the threat of Quagga and Zebra mussels being introduced in BC. In its letter, SWC advocated for a series of federal preventive measures as well as funding to support provincial measures.


 SWC Letter of November 2, 2023

Letter from the Shuswap Watershed Council to responsible ministries within the Province of British Columbia that the Invasive Mussel Defence Program be expanded, given the threat of Quagga and Zebra mussels being introduced in BC. In its letter, SWC advocated for a series of new preventive measures.


 Letter of November 15, 2022

Letter from the Shuswap Watershed Council to the Hon. Josie Osborne, BC Minister of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship to call for a greater investment of resources in the province’s Invasive Mussel Defence Program.


 Letter of November 26, 2021

Joint letter from the Shuswap Watershed Council, Shuswap Waterfront Owners Association, and Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society to federal Fisheries Minister, Hon. Joyce Murray, outlining concerns for the Shuswap and British Columbia, calling for more federal funding and resources to protect BC from aquatic invasive mussels, and for better containment of aquatic invasive species in infested waterbodies.


 Letter of April 16, 2021

Letter from the Shuswap Watershed Council to the Provincial Minister of Environment, Hon. George Heyman, calling for additional measures to protect British Columbia from invasive mussels and invasive freshwater clams.


 Letter of December 17, 2019

Joint letter from the Shuswap Watershed Council and the Okanagan Basin Water Board to federal Fisheries Minister, Hon. Bernadette Jordan, calling for more federal funding and resources to protect BC from aquatic invasive mussels, and better containment of aquatic invasive species in infested waterbodies.


Letter of March 26, 2019

Letter from the Shuswap Watershed Council to Hon. Ken MacDonald, Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, requesting the SWC appear as a witness in a national study on the federal Aquatic Invasive Species Program.


Letter of December 13, 2018

Letter from the Shuswap Watershed Council to MP Ken MacDonald, expressing support for a review of the federal Aquatic Invasive Species Program, and expressing concern about the threat of invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels to BC and the Shuswap region.


Letter of September 25, 2018

Letter from the Shuswap Watershed Council to federal Fisheries Minister, Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson, calling for additional federal funding and resources to protect BC from aquatic invasive mussels, and better containment of aquatic invasive species in infested waterbodies.


Letter of August 30, 2018

Letter from the Shuswap Watershed Council to MP Mel Arnold, expressing concern about the threat of aquatic invasive mussels to the Shuswap and calling for more federal funding and resources to protect BC.


Letter of February 2, 2018

Letter from the Shuswap Watershed Council to Hon. Premier John Horgan and provincial Minister of Environment, Hon. George Heyman, requesting the Province to expand the Invasive Mussel Defence Program.


Letter of January 5, 2017

Letter from the Shuswap Watershed Council to Hon. Premier Christy Clark and provincial Minister of Environment, Hon. Mary Polak, requesting the establishment of permanent watercraft inspection stations at all highway entry-points to BC.


Letter of April 21, 2016

Letter from the Shuswap Watershed Council to Hon. Premier Christy Clark and provincial Minister of Environment, Hon. Mary Polak, expressing support for enhancements to the provincial Invasive Mussel Defence Program.

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:
www.pluginbc.ca

Emotive:
www.emotivebc.ca

ReTooling for Climate Change:
www.retooling.ca

FBC Youth:
fbcyouthprogram.ca

Climate Action Toolkit:
www.toolkit.bc.ca 

Salmon-Safe BC
www.salmonsafe.ca

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative
www.realizingundrip.ca

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:

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