Over 300 projects were funded through the Fraser Salmon and Watersheds Program between 2006 and 2012, in the four areas of focus:
Learn more about individual projects at www.thinksalmon.com.
Watershed Planning and Governance
||The Nicola Watershed Community Roundtable identified ways to manage a limited water supply in the Nicola Valley. Watershed roundtables provide an opportunity for people from different communities, sectors and walks of life to have a say in the future of local watersheds.
Here are examples of the watershed planning and governance initiatives that benefited from FSWP funding:
- The City of Coquitlam, City of Port Coquitlam and Kwikwetlem First Nation formed the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable to coordinate and implement activities that reflect a common vision and shared values, and to promote the long-term sustainability of the watershed. Visit the Roundtable’s website for details.
- The Nicola Watershed Community Roundtable has worked for years on water issues in the Nicola Valley, and proposed a Nicola Water Use Management Plan. Read about it on the NWCRT website.
- The Xeni Gwet’in Chilko Roundtable initiated a dialogue on how to maintain, protect and enhance salmon stocks in the Xeni Gwet’in Caretaker area.
- FBC, the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Living Rivers Georgia Basin/Vancouver Island together launched the Collaborative Watershed Governance Initiative, promoting a high-level accord. Find out more.
Habitat Restoration and Stewardship
||The Salmon River Watershed Roundtable has restored over 60% of the sites prioritized in their 1995 watershed plan and is now measuring effectiveness at the watershed scale.
FSWP has supported many projects to restore habitat and improve fish access in watersheds across the Fraser Basin. Here are a few:
- The Farmland-Riparian Interface Stewardship Program (FRISP) of the BC Cattlemen’s Association is a peer-to-peer service that helps agricultural producers protect waterways, prevent erosion and safeguard fish habitat. Over a five-year period, FRISP connected with 300 producers to help them make riparian improvements. This innovative program continues to support constructive dialogue and mediate conflicts between producers and regulators.
- The Bonaparte Watershed Stewardship Society has over a decade of service in restoration and stabilization of riverbanks and riparian areas — over 75 sites — some with funding from FSWP. Successes include critical Coho habitat restoration sites and new partnerships with landowners.
- The Salmon River Watershed Roundtable Society (SRWR) has restored over 300 habitat sites in the past 17 years, thanks to a high level of collaboration and cost-sharing by local landowners and other funders in the Salmon Arm region. This represents more than 60% of the restorations prioritized in their 1995 watershed plan, and SRWR is now measuring effectiveness at the watershed scale.
For FBC, the accomplishment is special in another respect. SRWR was a demonstration watershed of our predecessor Fraser Basin Management Board, back in 1993. Kudos to all who have served on the Roundtable over the years!
Sustainable Integrated Fisheries Management
||Count on Salmon was a project that piloted fish wheels on the river for live capture and release of fish during stock assessments.
FSWP has funded innovative approaches to in-season assessment of salmon abundance; strategies and technologies to reduce fisheries impacts on weak stocks and non-targeted species; research on the impacts of climate change on salmon; and coordination and collaboration among related initiatives and fisheries sectors.
Here are examples of the work:
- The Count on Salmon project evaluated different methods for in-season stock estimates. The results of this work were used by the Pacific Salmon Commission.
- The Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance introduced Dual Frequency Identification Sonar (DIDSON) technology to estimate total escapement of Quesnel Lake Sockeye. This technology has also been used on the Fraser River since 2005.
- Chehalis First Nation undertook a project to investigate the traceability of stock from an inland fishery. Traceability is important to ensuring that fish are from designated runs and not endangered stocks, and for verifying sustainable practices.
- A Pacific Fisheries Monitoring and Compliance Panel was formed to promote fair, practical and effective monitoring and compliance for catch reporting across all salmon fisheries. Read more.
Education and Engagement
||FSWP reached over 50,000 people through educational outreach and engaged 9,000 volunteers in watershed work.
We all live in a watershed! When it comes to inspiring better practices that benefit salmon and watersheds, people need to see themselves in the picture. Here are a couple of examples:
- Langley Environmental Partners Society is a leader in innovative programs to engage citizens in stream stewardship and watershed health. With FSWP support, this included “Salmon Saturday” volunteer events, “Salmon in your Backyard” for residents, the “Salmon Chums” pledge and reward program for salmon-friendly actions, and “Salmon in Your School” to encourage youth to play their part. Stay current at www.leps.bc.ca.
- Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society offered a Water Wise outreach program, in partnership with the City of Williams Lake, to promote practical water conservation measures. Visit the CCCS website.
Ready to learn more? See projects carried out in every region of the Fraser Basin.