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Coming Soon: 2018 - 2019 Columbia Region Projects

Our Columbia Region Board has approved projects and a budget for 2018 - 2019. We are updating our Columbia Region project list and map now and will publish our new projects in March. Approved projects help conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by BC Hydro dams.

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48 Total 2017 -2018 Projects

17 Fish Projects

31 Wildlife Projects

$5.5M Invested in 2017-18

New Projects

Our Columbial Region Board approved 2018 – 2019 funding for fish and wildlife projects. Each project approved aligns with the priority actions in our watershed Action Plans. A project list and updated map will be available in March. If your grant is approved, please prepare for the next steps. Read our information kit for grant recipients.

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We’re looking for a new public representative to join our Columbia Region Board. Apply by March 29, 2018.

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Our Grants At Work

Our Columbia Region Board approved $5.5 million for 48 fish and wildlife projects to occur in 2017 – 2018. First Nations, stewardship groups, consultants, and agencies are leading the 17 fish and 31 wildlife projects that will help conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by existing BC Hydro dams. Read our 2017 – 2018 project list.

Caribou, Bull Trout, Kokanee, Gerrard Rainbow Trout, Grizzly Bears, wetland species, at-risk reptiles, waterfowl, and other species will benefit from the projects. Thirteen of the projects will be delivered through the Upper Kootenay Ecosystem Enhancement Plan (UKEEP), which was jointly announced by Columbia Basin Trust (the Trust) and FWCP in May 2013, along with $3 million in funding from the Trust. See our 2017 – 2018 provincial project map.

Some projects–such as hands-on restoration work–may result in immediate benefits to fish or wildlife. Other projects–such as research and information gathering–may help improve the scientific understanding of species or ecosystems, and contribute to long-term decision-making and planning management actions.

Our Columbia Region

local Board made up of BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., First Nations and Public Stakeholders, guides the work of the FWCP and is responsible for approving all FWCP projects in the Columbia Region. Map of our Columbia Region.

Many of our core projects, (i.e. annual ongoing projects) are delivered with support from the Province of B.C. through a letter of agreement (LOA) between the FWCP and the Province. Core projects include nutrient restoration programs, the operation of spawning channels, species’ recovery and ecosystem enhancement projects. Several of our annual and ongoing contracts and agreements are administered by BC Hydro on behalf of the FWCP. We lead our land securement projects. Read our annual report.


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Our Local FWCP Board

Columbia Region Board members (January 2018) are responsible for guiding our work. Their work is supported by fish and wildlife technical committees.

Back row from left: Dave White, Ron Neil, Howie Wright, Adam Neil, John Krebs, Trevor Oussoren. Front row from left: David Tesch, Kim Cox, Rick Morley. Missing: Misun Kang.

Columbia Region Board and Committee List

Results? Read Our Reports

Each year stewardship groups, First Nations, agencies and consultants receive grants from us to deliver fish and wildlife projects. These projects align with our Action Plans, and help us fulfill our mission to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by BC Hydro dams. Read our project reports for results and outcomes.

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Community Engagement Grants

Our Community Engagement Grants are typically $500 to $1,000 and help stewardship groups and others take action to benefit local fish and wildlife.

Community Engagement Grant funds in the Columbia Region are fully spent for 2017-2018. New applications are welcome after April 1, 2018.

Columbia Region Basin & Action Plans

We have identified conservation priorities for fish and wildlife in each of our three regions: Coastal, Columbia and Peace. The priority issues and recommended actions are reflected in a series of Basin, Action and Watershed Plans that vary by region.

Our core Fisheries Program Five-Year Plan 2014-2018 details our priorities for fisheries in the Columbia Region.

These plans recommend specific projects and priorities, and are used to guide our grant decisions. We fund projects that align with these Action Plans, so be sure your proposed project is in alignment with local conservation priorities. Contact us if you have questions.


Upper Kootenay River Watershed Projects

The Upper Kootenay Ecosystem Enhancement Plan (UKEEP) is helping conserve and enhance fish, wildlife and ecosystems in the Upper Kootenay River Watershed, including  Koocanusa Reservoir. It was developed with technical and community input that helped define the conservation priorities for lakes, streams, wetlands, upland and dryland areas, as well as species of interest. This regional ecosystem enhancement plan was jointly announced by Columbia Basin Trust and FWCP in May 2013, along with $3 million from the Trust. Projects starting after April 1, 2018 will mark the fifth year of the five-year funding agreement with the Trust.

Forty projects have been delivered in the Upper Kootenay River Watershed so far. Read our project list.


Upper Kootenay Ecosystem Enhancement Plan
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Our Columbia Region Manager

Crystal Klym has more than 15 years’ experience in conservation, sustainable natural resource management, and environmental stewardship.

If you have any questions about the FWCP’s work in the Columbia Region, please contact Crystal. Subscribe and learn more about our projects, and how to apply for a grant.


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