Shuswap Watershed Council
NEW! Phosphorus Action Plan for the Shuswap watershed
Nutrients are important to the health and productivity of Shuswap Lake, but excessive amounts (phosphorus in particular) can reduce water clarity, create odours, reduce water quality for drinking and recreation, and — in a worst-case scenario — lead to harmful algae blooms that are toxic to people, pets and livestock.
The Shuswap Watershed Council has produced a Phosphorus Action Plan as guidance for everyone in the Shuswap watershed on actions they can take to protect water quality by reducing the amount of phosphorus being released into the watershed.
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.
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.
WATER QUALITY GRANTS
The Shuswap Watershed Council is now inviting applications to its Water Quality Grant Program. Up to $63,000 in funding is available, to be distributed in early 2023. Applications close January 31, 2023. Learn more.
NEXT SWC MEETING
SWC meetings are open to the public.
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.
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.
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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