Use our interactive map to find out more about the 26 projects our Peace Region board approved for 2021–2022. These projects will help conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by BC Hydro dams.2021-2022 Peace Region project list
26 Total 2021-22 Projects
9 Fish Projects 2021-22
17 Wildlife Projects 2021-22
$1.3M Total Funded 2021-22
Our Peace Region board approved funding of $1.3 million for 26 projects for 2021–2022. The projects will be delivered by Indigenous groups, agencies, stewardship groups, consultants, and non-government agencies.
Together, the projects will research and monitor fish and wildlife populations, improve habitat, and help species of conservation concern, including Arctic grayling, caribou, and more.
Emerging technologies are being implemented in many of our projects in the Peace Region, as they are cost-effective means to do work. Examples include the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) to assess species presence and distribution in aquatic habitats and the use of drones to monitor the effectiveness of habitat restoration projects in remote areas.
Read our 2021–2022 Peace Region project list. Download our project map. Find out about the projects we are funding in our Coastal and Columbia regions. Read our information kit for approved grant applicants.
Our 2020 ecosystem-based action plans have been updated to reflect emerging issues and ecological priorities, and define priority actions eligible for funding to help conserve and enhance priority species, upland areas, wetland and riparian areas, as well as rivers, lakes, and reservoirs.
A new cross-ecosystem action plan includes several broad actions that apply to more than one ecosystem. A new overview document provides important context for our work in the region and serves as a guide to our action plans.
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 in watersheds impacted by existing BC Hydro dams. Read our project reports for results and outcomes.Download Report List
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.
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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 (February 2019) are responsible for guiding the FWCP’s work. Their work is supported by the First Nations Working Group.
Back row from left: Trevor Oussoren, Naomi Owens, Brian Paterson, Ray Pillipow, Michael Freer. Front row from left: Ross Peck, Wayne Sawchuk, Corey Erwin, Heather Middleton. Missing from photo: Luke Gleeson, Rosemarie Sam, Albert Isadore, Carolyn McCook, Tamara Dokkie, Bruce Muir, Gord Haines
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. Subscribe and learn more about our projects, and how to apply for a grant.Contact
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