Shuswap Watershed Council
2022-2023 Annual Report
See the year's highlights!
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.
READ THE PHOSPHORUS ACTION PLAN
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.
LAKE LEVELS & STREAMFLOW CONDITIONS
Spring is here! If you're keeping tabs on Shuswap Lake levels in the months ahead, there are helpful online resource that track the lake levels as well as related streamflow conditions, flood modelling and warnings, and snow conditions in the region.
Meetings of the Shuswap Watershed Council 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.
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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