Greater Vancouver–Sea to Sky Programs
Here are a few highlights on FBC initiatives of particular interest to those in the GVSS region.
Hot Springs Survey
The Province of BC and Lil’wat Nation are working together to address public visitation at Meager Creek Hot Springs and Keyhole Hot Springs, both natural hot springs in the Upper Lillooet River Valley. The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is assisting the project partners as an impartial facilitator, conducting outreach and engagement with stakeholders and the public, including through an online public survey in early 2020. Learn more.
Shannon Basin Survey
Work is beginning in the Fall of 2019 on a recreation management strategy for the greater Shannon Basin – an area encompassing the Stawamus Chief & Shannon Falls Provincial Parks and the Shannon Creek Watershed. Those interested in sharing their views on recreation in the area were welcome to do so through an online survey survey. Read about it.
Last fall, Tides Canada Foundation and Ritchie Foundation approached FBC to commission an independent analysis of the economic potential of a land-based salmon aquaculture industry on Vancouver Island based on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) technology. Learn more.
Regional Flood Strategy
Alberta’s devastating floods of 2013 left behind at least 6 billion dollars in damage. This is a poignant reminder of why flood prevention work is a critical investment. FBC is a long-time partner on flood management in BC, helping provincial and local decision-makers with studies, tools, mapping and resources. In 2013 we took the lead on a collaborative business plan to create a regional flood strategy for the Lower Fraser River region, with participation of different orders of government and the private sector.
Phase 1 is now completed and Phase 2 is underway. Learn more.
Salmon-Safe BC is an eco-certification program that recognizes environmentally friendly management practices that protect Pacific salmon habitat and water quality.
The program is available for agriculture and for BC municipalities and regional districts, developers and other private and public sector landowners. Certification can apply in urban, suburban and rural settings to such places as parks and natural areas, college or university campuses, business sites and residential developments. Learn more.
Plug in BC
FBC is part of Plug in BC — a multi-interest collaboration led by the Province to lay the groundwork for electric vehicles. We have administered provincial incentives that led to installation of Level 2 charging stations, available to members of the public and to fleets across BC, as well as charging stations in homes and workplaces. Learn more about EVs and charging stations at www.pluginbc.ca.
Climate Change Adaptation
FBC supports the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative, a federal-provincial initiative to encourage climate change adaptation in BC communities and resource sectors. Over 5,400 public and private sector leaders have been involved in projects or educational events, and many more communities have now created or are developing climate adaptation plans.
There are more than 140 adaptation tools and resources available for BC decision-makers, including flood management resources, plus top picks from other jurisdictions. Check out www.retooling.ca
Take a look at other regional work in the Greater Vancouver–Sea to Sky Region for some past regional projects.