Watershed Action Plans

Updating our Watershed Action Plans

In late 2016, we started updating the Watershed Action Plans for the 14 watersheds that make up our Coastal Region. The Watershed Action Plans identify local conservation priorities and projects within our mandate. They are the basis for determining the projects we fund each year to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by BC Hydro dams.

Draft Watershed Action Plans for the Ash, Campbell, Clayton Falls, Falls River, Jordan and Puntledge river watersheds are available for public comment now. Comment by June 30, 2017. Please send comments on our draft Watershed Action Plans to to Julie Fournier, Coastal Region Manager, at julie.fournier@bchydro.com.

The remaining draft Watershed Action Plans for Alouette, Bridge-Seton, Clowhom, Coquitlam, Cheakamus, Shuswap, Stave and Wahleach rivers will be available for public comment in July. They will be final in September 2017.

What’s Next?

When the public comment period closes on June 30, we will review the input, finalize the documents, and post them here in August 2017.  These updated Watershed Action Plans will replace our current 2011 Action Plans, and will be the basis for our annual grant intake, which opens in late August.  If you are applying for a grant this year, be sure to review our 2017 Watershed Action Plans.

About our Draft Watershed Action Plans

We want our Watershed Action Plans to reflect local conservation priorities and potential projects.  Our draft Watershed Action Plans to include many good ideas we heard during our discussions and our community workshop.

We fund projects that align with our mission, which is to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by construction of BC Hydro dams in watersheds where BC Hydro operates. This means that some conservation and enhancement ideas we heard, were beyond our scope, and may not be included in our draft Watershed Action Plans.  Please see fwcp.ca/apply-for-funding/ for funding related FAQs.

Watershed workshops

We held discussions in each watershed that makes up our Coastal Region.

Ash River Watershed (Port Alberni)
Campbell River Watershed (Campbell River)
Clayton Falls Watershed  (webinar)
Clowhom River Watershed (webinar)
Falls River Watershed (webinar)
Jordan River Watershed (Sooke)
Puntledge River Watershed (Courtenay)
Wahleach Creek Watershed (webinar)
Cheakamus River Watershed (Squamish)
Bridge-Seton River Watersheds (Lillooet)
Shuswap River Watershed (Vernon)
Alouette River / Stave River Watershed (Mission)
Coquitlam River Watershed (Port Coquitlam) 

Our Coastal Region

Our Coastal Region includes 14 watersheds on Vancouver Island, in the Lower Mainland, and select Coastal and Interior watersheds impacted by BC Hydro dams. Our work to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by BC Hydro dams in our Coastal Region is a voluntary initiative. Learn more. Subscribe.

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