Shuswap Watershed Council
Understanding Nutrients and Water Quality
The research is summarized in a report from the Shuswap Watershed Council: Nutrients and Water Quality in the Shuswap watershed. This is updated version of the research summary report that was originally published in early 2020.
2022 Water Quality Report
Read the 2022 Water Quality Report from the Shuswap Watershed Council.
The report summarizes 2022 water quality monitoring results and information on:
You'll find all water quality reports published by SWC on Water Quality Research and Reports.
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.
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.
Meetings of the Shuswap Watershed Council are open to the public.
You can find the meeting schedule, past meeting highlights and summaries as well as agendas and materials for upcoming meetings on the meetings page.
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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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