Shuswap Watershed Council
NEW! Water Quality Grant Program open for applications!
The Shuswap Watershed Council is inviting applications to its Water Quality Grant Program. Grant funding is available to help farmers, agri-businesses, and landowners with projects to improve and protect water quality.
Up to $85,000 is available in 2021!
Featured: New Video!
A new video highlights the work of four farms in the Shuswap watershed to improve on-farm nutrient management, with grant funding from the Shuswap Watershed Council.
Nutrient Research Summary Report
The Shuswap Watershed Council has just released a new report summarizing a three-year nutrient research project completed in partnership with UBC–Okanagan. The results of the research are guiding new efforts by the SWC to help protect water quality for the long-term.
Shuswap Watershed Council in Brief
The Shuswap Watershed Council is a collaborative initiative to enhance water quality and safe recreation in the Shuswap for the long term.
Participating in this initiative are the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD), Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD), City of Salmon Arm, District of Sicamous, Secwepemc Nation, BC Ministry of Environment, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Regional District of North Okanagan and members of the public at large.
The SWC is implementing its five-year program for 2016-2021 with financial support from the CSRD, TNRD, City of Salmon Arm, and Adams Lake Indian Band.
For more information on the SWC, see:
Additionally, the SWC has recently completed a new strategic plan for 2021-26, which will come into effect in April 2021.
For background on SWC's work in 2014-2015, see the SWC archive.
The Fraser Basin Council serves as program manager for the Shuswap Watershed Council. You can contact SWC care of FBC's Thompson office:
200A ― 1383 McGill Road
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.
SWC meetings are open to the public. Because of COVID-19, in-person attendance is limited. If you would like to observe a meeting, please in advance.
You can find the 2021 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.
SWC STRATEGIC PLAN
The SWC has completed a new five-year strategic plan, to take effect on April 1, 2021.
Keep up with SWC news and events — follow us on social media!
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Water quality emergencies such as spills, pollution, algae bloom sightings and the suspected presence of invasive zebra and quagga mussels should be reported to the Report All Poachers and Polluters Hotline.