The FWCP is conserving and enhancing fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by existing BC Hydro dams. With annual funding from BC Hydro, our independent regional Boards have approved approximately $9.2 million for 97 fish and wildlife projects in 2019 - 2020. These projects align with our Action Plans.
97 Total 2019-2020 Projects
33 Coastal Region Projects
38 Columbia Region Projects
26 Peace Region Projects
The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) conserves and enhances fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by BC Hydro dams. The FWCP is funded annually by BC Hydro. The FWCP directs those funds towards priority actions across its three regions to fulfill its mission and work towards its vision of thriving fish and wildlife populations in watersheds that are functioning and sustainable.
By funding projects to support fish and wildlife populations in our Coastal, Columbia and Peace Regions, the FWCP is fulfilling BC Hydro’s applicable water licence obligations and voluntary commitments to compensate for fish and wildlife impacts.
BC Hydro is actively engaged in the FWCP and works in equal partnership with the Province of B.C., Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations and Public Stakeholders by participating on FWCP’s regional Boards. The FWCP’s three independent regional Boards review and approve all project funding decisions and annual operating plans.
Salmon species – including Sockeye, Chum, Chinook, Pink, Coho and Kokanee – will be the focus of several projects approved by our Coastal Region Board. Bobcats, turtles, herons, bats, wolverines, amphibians and other species will benefit from the projects. Several projects focus on endangered species including Vancouver Island Marmots, Spotted Owls and Whitebark Pine trees.View See Action Plans
Caribou, bats, migratory birds, moose, Bull Trout, Arctic Grayling, wetland and riparian species, and others will benefit from the projects. Work will continue this year as part of our multi-year project to gather data on mercury levels in fish in the Williston and Dinosaur reservoirs. We will also continue our multi-year project to investigate limiting factors affecting moose in the Peace Region, alongside the Provincial moose study.View See Action Plans
Help restore Sinclair Creek near Radium Friday, May 10, 2019 Since 2016, the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council has been pulling and digging up Field Scabious, along the banks of Sinclair Creek in Radium. With […]
Research leads to new Wildlife Habitat Area for Northern Goshawks An FWCP-funded Northern Goshawk survey has contributed to a new a new 182.5-hectare Wildlife Habitat Area (WHA) west of Bella Coola. The original survey, led […]
Follow our guidance for riparian and wetland projects Draft predictive riparian and wetland habitat mapping is now available to support grant applications for proposed projects to create, restore or enhance and riparian and wetland habitats. […]