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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.


Read Nutrients and Water Quality


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:

  • 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.

 You'll find all water quality reports published by SWC on Water Quality Research and Reports.

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.


About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

Where We Work

We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

Our Vision

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

Strategic Priorities

At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

With our partners, we work on a range of collaborative, multi-sector initiatives, such as those focused on flood management, community wildfire planning, air quality improvement, energy-efficient buildings, green transportation (including the uptake of electric vehicles and expansion of charging infrastructure), watershed planning and youth-driven climate action projects.

FBC Program Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative

Contact Us

FBC staff work from our Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George offices, and from several other locations.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff or contact our administration office:

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

T: 604 488-5350