Shuswap Watershed Council
New! 2021 Water Quality Report
The Shuswap Watershed Council has published its 2021 Water Quality Report — a summary of water quality information, monitoring results and water quality protection projects in the Shuswap watershed on behalf of its partners.
Where to find Lake Level, Streamflow and Snowpack Information
Information about Shuswap Lake Level, streamflow conditions, flood modelling and warnings and snow conditions are available from local, federal and provincial government websites. Here are some useful links.
The Shuswap Emergency Program (Columbia Shuswap Regional District) has available:
The Environment Canada website has available:
The BC River Forecast Centre provides information and maps on flood and freshet conditions and advisories, snow conditions, and water supply.
The City of Salmon Arm has available:
Out on the Water with Kids? Pick up a Free Loaner Lifejacket!
You can borrow a lifejacket for a child free of charge from a “Kids Don’t Float” Personal Flotation Device (PFD) loaner station, provided by the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR), Station 106 Shuswap.
The Shuswap Watershed Council is pleased to support this great initiative by helping to finance three PFD loaner stations. Thanks to RCM-SAR and many community sponsors, there are now 19 loaner stations in the Shuswap.
Shuswap Watershed Council in Brief
The Shuswap Watershed Council (SWC) was established in 2014 as a watershed-based partnership of several organizations with an interest or responsibility for protecting water quality. There are up to 22 members that represent three regional districts, two municipalities, the Secwepemc Nation, three provincial government agencies and Shuswap communities.
The SWC is a collaborative, non-regulatory group that focuses on strategic initiatives to protect, maintain and enhance water quality and to promote safe recreation in the Shuswap. The SWC works alongside organizations that have regulatory roles in managing the Shuswap watershed, complementing their work and carefully avoiding duplication.
The Fraser Basin Council, a provincial non-government organization, provides staff services to the Shuswap Watershed Council.
For more information on the SWC, see:
Questions? Feel free to contact us.
KEEP THE SHUSWAP FREE OF INVASIVE MUSSELS
The Shuswap is at risk of being invaded by aquatic invasive mussels. It sounds like a science fiction flick, doesn’t it? It’s not – it’s a very real threat, and we all need to do our part to prevent it.
If you are coming to BC with a watercraft, you MUST stop at watercraft inspection stations on your route.
Whether you're a visitor or a resident, and whether you’re boating, paddling or fishing, you have a role to play keeping invasive mussels away. Here's what you need to do.
WHERE TO FIND BEACH ADVISORIES
For up-to-date conditions at popular beaches, please visit Interior Health’s Public Beaches webpage. If cautionary notices or beach closures are in place due to unsafe water quality, Interior Health will post them there.
Members of the public are welcome to attend SWC meetings. You can find the meeting schedule, and the agenda and agenda packages for upcoming meetings as they become available — as well as materials, meeting highlights and summaries of past meetings — on the meetings page
ALERT! INVASIVE CLAMS
Invasive clams (Corbicula fluminea) have been discovered in Shuswap Lake at Sunnybrae and Canoe. These clams are not native to the lake system, are invasive and can be damaging if populations are dense enough.
Unfortunately, there is no treatment to get rid of the clams — everyone must focus on preventing their spread. It is very important that you clean, drain, dry your watercraft and gear every time you leave the water, and always stop for watercraft inspection when you travel.
REPORT WATER QUALITY ISSUES & INVASIVE SPECIES
Whether you live or vacation in the Shuswap, you can play an important part in the early detection of water quality concerns or invasive species in the watershed.
Here are some links for making a report. Take a look!
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