Use our interactive map to learn more about the projects we're funding in our Peace Region to help conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by existing BC Hydro dams.Peace Region project list
28 Total 2020-21 Projects
10 Fish Projects 2020-21
18 Wildlife Projects 2020-21
$1.5M Total Funded 2020-21
Our Peace Region board approved approximately $1.5 million for 28 fish and wildlife projects to be implemented April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021. First Nations, stewardship groups, consultants, and agencies are leading the 10 fish and 18 wildlife projects that will help conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by existing BC Hydro dams.
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.
Read our annual newsletter for project results and updates from each of our regions, including projects funded in 2019-2020.
Learn more about why we’re funded by BC Hydro, the projects we fund and how you can apply for a grant. Read our FAQ. Subscribe and we will keep you posted on project updates, results, grant deadlines, and FWCP events. Final reports and results for all FWCP projects are posted online.
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
WildBytes Peace Region November 2020
UNBC public presentation: navigating the uncertain and difficult road to restoration and recovery of Klinse-Za caribou Guest presenter: Dr. Scott McNay Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Time: 12:00 p.m. (PST) Location: (online) unbc.ca/nres-institute/colloquium-webcasts 2020-2021 colloquium […]
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