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Shuswap Watershed Council

2022-2023 Annual Report

See the year's highlights!

2022-2023 Annual Report



New! Water Quality Report


Read the latest annual Water Quality Report from the Shuswap Watershed Council.

The report summarizes 2022 water quality monitoring results and information on:

  • Shuswap Lake, Mara Lake, Mabel Lake, Sugar Lake, White Lake and Adams Lake
  • Salmon River and Shuswap River
  • Popular beaches
  • Algal blooms and cyanobacteria
  • Highlights on new work by the Province of BC: Water Quality Objectives for Shuswap Lake and a detailed water quality assessment for Shuswap Lake
  • Aquatic invasive species, and how to prevent spreading them
  • The SWC’s advocacy to government regulators for better monitoring and action to protect water quality
  • The SWC’s Water Quality Grant Program to protect and improve water quality in the Shuswap
  • A Phosphorus Action Plan for the Shuswap watershed.

Read the Report



Phosphorus Action Plan for the Shuswap watershed

Phosphorus Action Plan

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. 



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 BC non-profit organization established in 1997, provides staff services to the Shuswap Watershed Council.

For more information on the SWC, see:

Questions? Feel free to contact us.


Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351

We are grateful at the Fraser Basin Council Society to live and work on the unceded ancestral
territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.