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Water Quality Improvement Grants

NEW! As of January 2020, the Shuswap Watershed Council has launched a new Water Quality Grant Program to support farmers, agri-businesses and landowners reduce or divert the flow of nutrient-rich waters from land to the Shuswap River and Salmon River.

New research from the University of British Columbia – Okanagan has found that a significant portion of phosphorus (P) in Shuswap River and Salmon River is coming from seasonal streams, ditches, groundwater and surface run-off in the settled valley bottoms. Although the research found that P also comes from the large tributaries and the upper reaches of the watershed, the highest concentrations come from the valley bottoms, in regions of the watershed known as incremental flow sub-watersheds, or IFSWs. For more information about these research findings, please see the SWC’s new report, Understanding Nutrients and Water Quality in the Shuswap River and Salmon River.

About the new Water Quality Improvement Grant

The SWC would like to help you keep nutrients on the land, and out of the water

Up to $100,000 is available for eligible applicants, subject to approval by the Shuswap Watershed Council.

The application period is now closed. The deadline for grant applications was April 30, 2020. Successful applicants will be contacted after June 17, 2020.

For more information, contact:

Mike Simpson
SWC Program Manager
c/o Fraser Basin Council
200A – 1383 McGill Road
Kamloops, BC  V2C 6K7


Previous water quality improvement and restoration

The Shuswap Watershed Council has also provided two grants of $10,000 to support two projects for water quality improvement and restoration in the Shuswap watershed.

Gardom Lake Wetlands Restoration

In 2017-18, the SWC partnered with the Gardom Lake Stewardship Society on a wetland restoration project near Gardom Lake. This project is being done in phases; to-date, a small wetland has been created near a creek flowing into Gardom Lake. Wetlands are exceptional at improving water quality because they capture nutrients and sediment as water flows slowly through them. As a result of the new wetland, water flowing into Gardom Lake will be cleaner.


A volunteer with the Gardom Lake Stewardship Society is marking out where the wetland would be established near Gardom Lake. Photo: Gardom Lake Stewardship Society.


The newly created wetland near Gardom Lake, which will improve water quality in a nearby creek as it flows into Gardom Lake. The local stewardship society has plans to continue working on the wetland in subsequent phases, including planting native riparian species and creating wildlife habitat. Photo: Gardom Lake Stewardship Society.


Members of the Shuswap Water Protection Advisory Committee toured the wetland in May 2019.
Photo: Erin Vieira

Alderson Creek Exclusion Fencing

In 2016 the SWC partnered with Yucwmenlucwu, a resource management company owned and managed by Splatsin Indian Band, to install livestock exclusion fencing and plant riparian vegetation along the edges of Alderson Creek in the Shuswap River drainage. These techniques reduce erosion, siltation, and fecal pollution by livestock. The stream bank is stabilized, and the newly planted vegetation provides more shade and cover to the creek.


A crew works to install livestock exclusion fencing at Alderson Creek. Photo: Yucwmenlucwu.


One of the restored sites along Alderson Creek, with new livestock exclusion fencing and newly planted shrubs and trees. Photo: Yucwmenlucwu

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.

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Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel 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