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Explore 2023–2024 FWCP-funded projects

Use our interactive map to find out more about the 33 projects our Columbia Region board approved for 2023–2024.

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33 Total 2023-24 Projects

9 Fish Projects 2023-24

24 Wildlife Projects 2023-24

$6.2M Total Funded 2023-24

2023–2024 fish & wildlife projects

Our Columbia Region board has approved a range of projects that benefit elk, deer, grizzly bears, bees, swallows, kokanee, the endangered northern leopard frog and others. Ecosystem improvements in wetlands, grasslands and riparian areas will receive funding in 2023–2024 and are among the 33 projects that will share the $6.2 million approved by our board.

Ongoing work to rebuild ecosystems in Kootenay Lake and the Arrow Lakes Reservoir will continue through our Nutrient Restoration Program, along with long-term funding for the maintenance and operation of the Hill Creek and Meadow Creek spawning channels.

Other funding was approved for priority Indigenous-led projects that align with our action plans, and stewardship of conservation lands. We are also funding projects to reduce invasive species and protect high-value ecosystems near Kootenay Lake and Grasmere and in the Elk Valley.

Read our Columbia Region 2023–2024 project list, look at our project map, and scroll up to explore our interactive map.

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 fulfil our mission to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by BC Hydro dams. Read our project reports for results and outcomes.

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Community Engagement Grants

Apply for a Community Engagement Grant up to $1,500 to help stewardship groups and others take action to benefit local fish and wildlife.

We accept applications for Community Engagement Grants all year. Apply anytime.

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Action Plans

We have identified conservation priorities for fish and wildlife in each of our three regions: Coastal, Columbia and Peace. These priorities and recommended actions are reflected in a series of watershed and ecosystem-based action plans that vary by region.

These plans recommend specific projects and priorities, and guide our grant decisions. In our Columbia Region, we fund projects that align with our five Columbia Region ecosystem-based action plans. Be sure to read our Overview of Columbia Region Action Plans.

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 annual and ongoing projects are delivered with support from the Province of B.C. through a letter of agreement (LOA) between the FWCP and the Province. Annual and ongoing projects include our nutrient restoration programs, 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 support high priority land securement projects in our Columbia Region. Read our annual report. 

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Our Columbia Region Board

Columbia Region Board members (October 2023) are responsible for guiding our work. Their work is supported by fish and wildlife technical committees.

Board members pictured, left to right: Michael Zimmer, Samara Kolasko, Wendy Booth, Eva Schindler, Brent Meger, Margo Sadler, Marc Steynen, Misun Kang, and Manjit Kerr-Upal. Missing: Mark Thomas.

Columbia Region Board and Committee List

Our Columbia Region Manager

Jen has been with BC Hydro for 15 years: 14 years as stakeholder engagement advisor, and in 2021 – 2022 she was the acting Peace Region manager. She is a biologist and professional communicator who believes the best decisions incorporate diverse values and perspectives.

After obtaining her master’s degree from the University of Calgary, Jen worked for seven years as a biologist with the Gwich’in Renewable Resource Board in Inuvik. She lives with her husband Ron in the beautiful town of Revelstoke.

If you have any questions about the FWCP’s work in the Columbia Region, please contact Jen.

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