Shuswap Watershed Council
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.
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.
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
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.
WHAT IS BLUE-GREEN ALGAE?
Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are naturally occurring but can sometimes form toxic blooms. Learn more about cyanobacteria and practice caution in water whenever visible blooms of algae are present.
Check out this HealthLink BC face sheet #47 Cyanobacteria Blooms (Blue-green Algae).
SWC meetings are open to the public. Due to 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.
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.