Shuswap Watershed Council
2019 Shuswap Water Quality Report
The Shuswap Watershed Council has released a summary report covering the results of recent water quality monitoring in our watershed. It includes information about the large lakes and rivers, swimming beaches, and more. Read it online, or pick up a free copy of the 16-page report from your local, regional or First Nations government office within the Shuswap, or from an Okanagan Regional Library or Thompson-Nicola Regional Library branch.
Tips for Safe Recreation and Where to Find Lifejacket Loaner Stations
Here are 7 tips for having fun and staying safe, in quick-to-download format. Keep it handy on your phone!
And check out our Safe Recreation page.
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 next year.
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
INFO ON ALGAE BLOOMS
The Shuswap Watershed Council has provided an explanation of the large algae bloom that took place from June to September in Salmon Arm Bay, Tappen Bay, Sunnybrae and Canoe. Read the media release.
ALERT! ASIAN CLAMS
Asian clams have been discovered in Shuswap Lake at Sunnybrae and Canoe. Asian clams are invasive and can be damaging to a lake 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 at the SWC meeting is limited. If you would like to observe a meeting, please in advance.
You can find the 2020 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.
PREVENT INVASIVE MUSSELS IN BC
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, be aware that 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.
NEW STRATEGIC PLAN
The SWC has just completed a new five-year strategic plan, to take effect on April 1, 2021. It outlines the SWC's goals, objectives and strategies for clean water and safe boating, and lists the key program activities and annual budget.
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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.