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
It's here — the Nechako Watershed Roundtable's new strategic plan!
Paddles up! Youth Come Together to Canoe the Nechako
– 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.
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:
2021 Youth Canoe Trip
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.
2021 ANNUAL MEETING
The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Nechako Watershed Roundtable (themed Better Together: A New Phase of Collaboration and Partnership) in November was an opportunity to celebrate the Roundtable's development of a Strategic Plan for the watershed.
This online event also featured a presentation on the landmark Memorandum of Understanding between Nechako First Nations and the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, and the premiere of two NWR youth videos.
Take a look at the Summary report and watch the meeting video.
LEARN ABOUT US
Interested in knowing more about the Nechako watershed and about the work of the Roundtable?
LIKE & FOLLOW US!
Join us on the NWR social media to stay current & make connections!
Now on Instagram!
IN THE WATERSHED
What's new in the Nechako? The video "Stream Monitoring for Change" for one thing! Grade 12 students at Nechako Valley Secondary School led the video production to showcase a stream monitoring program of School District 91 in Vanderhoof. Take a look to see how ecosystems and community health in the watershed are connected and to hear insights from students, teachers and community members.
The video was created in collaboration with a team member from UNBC's Integrated Watershed Research Group and is possible thanks to funding from the Rivershed Society of British Columbia.
Statement of Concern
On October 19, 2018 the NWR Core Committee issued a statement to express concern for the health of the Nechako watershed following a decade of unprecedented wildfire and other changes in the watershed. Read the statement.
The Nechako Watershed Roundtable with the support of the Fraser Basin Council have completed the first version of the Nechako Watershed Strategy. An early priority of the Roundtable, the Strategy aims to identify priority issues and actions needed to advance watershed health; highlight activities and initiatives already underway; support enhanced coordination of current activities; and propose further actions to address the issues and concerns raised by community stakeholders. A summary report on the Nechako Watershed Strategy and the full Strategy are available for download:
Two resources on the Nechako Watershed you’ll want to check out: