Use our interactive map to find out more about the 28 projects our Peace Region board approved for 2023–2024.Read our project list
28 Total 2023-24 Projects
7 Fish Projects 2023-24
21 Wildlife Projects 2023-24
$1.6M Total Funded 2023-24
Join us for this online information session.
Overview of our grants and action plans: Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 1 p.m. PT / 2 p.m. MT. Register here.
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 existing BC Hydro dams. Read our project reports for results and outcomes.Download Report List
On-the-ground habitat projects will help fish, waterfowl, caribou, and moose and are among the 28 fish and wildlife projects and $1.6 million approved by our Peace Region board.
Funding to support recovery of endangered caribou herds will continue, along with data collection on the threatened olive-sided flycatcher. Other funding will help maintain nesting enhancements for waterfowl in the Williston Watershed, and funding was approved to determine non-invasive ways to assess at-risk wolverine in Tsay Keh Dene territory. The Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation will lead a project to assess wolf presence and proximity to vulnerable caribou herds.
This year, our board approved continued funding for a school-based project to build ecological awareness in Peace Region students and will support the University of Northern B.C. to host and share information on relevant research underway in the region and beyond.
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 Peace Region, we fund projects that align with our four Peace Region ecosystem-based action plans. Be sure to read our Overview of Peace Region Action Plans.
A local Board made up of BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations and public stakeholders, guides the work of the FWCP and is responsible for approving all FWCP projects in our Peace Region.
Most fish and wildlife projects in FWCP’s Peace Region are funded through FWCP grants, but our Board may choose to direct projects and approve funding to address regional priorities. Read our annual report. See our Peace Region map.
A unique First Nations’ Working Group (FNWG) is actively involved in FWCP’s Peace Region. The FNWG is responsible for ensuring First Nations considerations and input are included in FWCP planning and projects.
The FWCP’s Peace Region compensates for fish and wildlife impacts resulting from construction of the W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon dams. Site C will be a third dam and generating station on the Peace River in northeast B.C. The project will provide 1,100 megawatts of capacity and about 5,100 gigawatt hours of energy each year to the province’s integrated electricity system. Site C is expected to be in service by 2025, with reservoir filling planned to occur in the fall of 2023. Site C and FWCP have an interest in sharing information regarding active programs in order to identify overlaps or synergies. Current federal and provincial authorizations and conditional water licence obligations require BC Hydro to establish environmental monitoring, mitigation, and compensation programs to address pre- and post-construction impacts specified within the water licence project conditions. Under the water licence, after five years of dam operation (~2030), BC Hydro is to provide the Water Comptroller with an assessment of the adequacy of the mitigation and monitoring programs for those conditions within the water licence and submit a report. The Water Comptroller will review the submission and may direct additional programs if mitigation and monitoring is determined to be inadequate to satisfy the intent of the condition. Learn more about Site C’s environmental programs.
Stay up to date with the latest news from our Peace Region with our regional e-letter.View FWCP Organization Chart
Our First Nations Working Group (FNWG) was established in 2012 through a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Doig River, Kwadacha, McLeod Lake, Nak’azdli, Prophet River, Saulteau, the Treaty 8 Tribal Association, Tsay Keh Dene, and West Moberly First Nations.
The FNWG ensures First Nations’ considerations and input are included in all aspects of our strategic planning, annual operating plans, project review, approval and initiation, and capacity-building.
To ensure early First Nation engagement in all FWCP projects, each grant applicant must submit a mandatory Notice of Intent (NOI) form prior to their grant application. The NOI helps grant-seekers identify contacts and incorporate First Nations input and recommendations into grant applications and projects. Contact the Regional Manager for more details.
Peace Region Board members (June 2023) are responsible for guiding the FWCP’s work. Their work is supported by the First Nations Working Group.
From left: Heather Middleton ( BC Hydro), Gord Haines (Doig River First Nation), Chris Addison (Public), Ray Pillipow (Province of B.C.), Corey Erwin (Province of B.C.), Brian Paterson (former Public), Naomi-Owens-Beek (Saulteau First Nations). Missing: Stephanie Killam, Chair (Public), Andy Johnson (Public), Deeanna Izony(Tsay Keh Dene Nation), Rosemarie Sam (Nak’azdli Whut’en), Jessica Wiens (Kwadacha Nation), Tamara Dokkie (West Moberly First Nations).
Chelsea Coady is a professional biologist and has worked with First Nations, industry and government on sustainability and stewardship projects. She is experienced in environmental assessment and permitting processes, and has lived in the area for more than a decade since moving here from Ottawa to do her Masters of Science in Biology.
If you have any questions about the FWCP’s work in the Peace Region, please contact Chelsea.Contact
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