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Nechako Watershed Roundtable

Envisioning a watershed that is healthy for generations to come

The Nechako Watershed Roundtable is a collaborative initiative to protect and improve the health of the Nechako watershed for future generations. The NWR includes representation from BC First Nations, the Province of BC, local governments and other agencies and organizations having responsibilities and interests in the watershed.

Learn more about us in About the NWR.

Our New Strategic Plan

NWR's new strategic plan is here!

It's here — the Nechako Watershed Roundtable's new strategic plan!

Read Nechako Watershed Council Strategic Plan 2022-2026, or head over for a summary of the NWR's Annual Meeting for related materials, including an Executive Summary.

Summer-Fall 2022

Paddles up! Youth Come Together to Canoe the Nechako

NWR Youth Canoe Trip

– Jordan Cranmer, NWR Youth Engagement Coordinator

The second annual Nechako Watershed Roundtable (NWR) Youth Canoe Trip was a roaring success!

The NWR Youth Engagement Working Group thanks everyone who came out to participate, paddle and help out on August 13 and 14 for two days of paddling on the Nechako River.

A total of 18 youth from the communities of Saik’uz First Nation, Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Prince George and Lheidli T'enneh First Nation joined over the course of the weekend. The trip was separated into two groups, each group paddling a day for 25 kilometres from the Braeside Road Boat launch to Riverside Park in Vanderhoof.

Youth were guided in voyageur canoes down the river by Kevin Moutray and Vanessa Elton for  Leave No Trace lessons, paddling lessons, river water quality testing, freshwater invertebrate sampling and many conversations about Nechako Watershed history, conservation and health. Throughout the trip youth received information about the NWR Youth Engagement Working Group and had opportunities to express their interest in being part of the working group to help amplify youth voices within the NWR and to plan events like the canoe trip.

The NWR Youth Engagement working group extends a heartfelt thank-you to all our funders, partners and contributors that made this trip possible. This year the youth canoe trip was in partnership with Integris Credit Union, Rivershed Society of BC, Koh Learning in Our Watersheds, Fraser Basin Council and the Nechako Environment and Water Stewardship Society.


February 2022

First Nations Representatives Needed for Core Committee

The Nechako Watershed Roundtable Core Committee has two seats open for First Nations representatives.

First Nations government candidates are nominated by their respective organizations. Candidates subsequently submit to the Nechako Watershed Roundtable an application (available from the Secretariat) and a formal letter of appointment from their organization. Current Core Committee members will decide on the approval of incoming members.

For more about the NWR Core Committee structure, function and member recruitment, see:

Scenic of the Nechako watershed

2021 Youth Canoe Trip

NWR youth canoe trip in August 2021

On August 7 the Youth Engagement Working Group  of the NWR coordinated a canoe trip with youth on the Nechako River. Thanks to all who took part and made this trip possible!

The trip took youth from the Braeside boat launch down to Riverside Park in Vanderhoof, making stops along the way to learn about salmon, sturgeon, and other aspects of the watershed. This trip served as a pilot canoe trip that we hope will continue to take place each summer and will serve as an entry point for youth to become involved in local watershed organizations, and the NWR’s new emerging initiative, the NWR Youth Committee.

The Youth River Trip was been planned as a partnership between many groups, including the NWR’s Youth Engagement Working Group, the Rivershed Society of B.C., the Nechako Water and Environment Stewardships Society (NEWSS), and School District 91. These project partners see youth as important players who are critical to the ensuring the long-term health of our communities and watershed. Huge thanks to the many volunteers who made this trip possible.

Strategic Planning Process - Thanks for your help!

Thanks to everyone who has supported the NWR in our mission to protect and improve the health of the Nechako watershed for future generations.

Special thanks to those who participated in a recent survey to inform our new Nechako Watershed Roundtable Strategic Plan 2022-2026. The plan  was adopted at the November 2021 Annual Meeting of the Roundtable.

Take a look!


See also this one-page briefing Launch of Strategic Planning Process!: Nechako Watershed Roundtable.



NWR Video Project for Youth

The Nechako Watershed Roundtable has engaged youth to participate in the production of a video to depict the many narratives of the Nechako watershed. The film highlights the NWR, the Nechako watershed and the communities of the Nechako watershed through the voices of youth participants. A youth workshop for the project was held in 2020, and filming took place in three communities around the watershed in 2021.

You'll find an update on the project in the Roundtable's video on the 2021 Annual Meeting.


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 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