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Shuswap River Watershed Sustainability Plan

Shuswap River Watershed Sustainability Plan

SRWSP Background Information and Supporting Documents

Lower Shuswap River and Mabel Lake Inventories and Mapping

The goal of these inventories was to provide information on channel character, shore/bank types and condition, substrates, landuse, and habitat modifications.

The inventory data can be viewed through the Community Mapping Network BC website, search for “ Lower Shuswap River Atlas” and “Mabel Lake Atlas”

Technical Assessment

The purpose of the Technical Assessment was to establish a watershed profile for the Shuswap River Watershed, with a specific focus on water quality, water quantity, and riparian areas.

Related Studies

In 2013 and 2014 two UBCO undergraduate students from the Earth and Environmental Studies and Geography department conducted field research projects on the Lower Shuswap River.   The projects focused on bank erosion and boat traffic and the final project reports for each of the projects are available here:


Late in 2010 the Regional District of North Okanagan began the process to coordinate the development of a sustainability plan for the Shuswap River Watershed.   Thanks to the input of the community and 32 dedicated Working Group members, the Shuswap River Watershed Sustainability Plan (SRWSP) was completed and endorsed by the RDNO Board of Directors in April 2014.

The RDNO would like to thank the working group members who contributed over 2000 hours to the development of this plan as well as the community members who provided feedback and comments throughout the planning process.


The purpose of the planning process was to create:

  • A common long-term vision for the management of the Shuswap River Watershed that all stakeholders and community members agree to and strive to achieve; and
  • A comprehensive plan that will guide agencies and the community in decision making with regard to land and water planning within the Shuswap River Watershed

During the plan development a third component to the purpose evolved:

  • Develop a sense of responsibility within the community, for the Watershed.

Ultimately the SRWSP will be a key resource for advocating local concerns and areas of interest. It is a non-regulatory, guidance document to help decision making authorities, resource managers, water users, recreation users and residents make informed and integrated decisions regarding the Watershed.

Plan Development Information

The Planning Process has followed three phases

  Phase I - Issues Identification and Visioning   Dec 2010 – Nov 2011
  Phase II - Plan Development   Nov 2011 - Apr 2014
  Phase III - Implementation and Monitoring   We Are Here

During the development of the SRWSP a number of reports were prepared.  These documents are available in the side-bar to provide context to the plan development. The minutes from the three Working Groups formed to make recommendations on the content of the SRWSP follow.   The Working Groups addressed three topic areas: Interagency Relations, Roles and Responsibilities; Land Use and the Natural Environment and Recreation.

121124 Joint Working Group Minutes

Interagency Relations, Roles and Responsibilities

120411 IRRR Minutes
120509 IRRR Minutes
120613 IRRR Minutes
120711 IRRR Minutes
121010 IRRR Minutes

Land Use and the Natural Environment

120306 LUNE Minutes
120403 LUNE Minutes
120501 LUNE Minutes
120605 LUNE Minutes
121002 LUNE Minutes


120309 Recreation Minutes
120413 Recreation Minutes
120511 Recreation Minutes
120608 Recreation Minutes
121005 Recreation Minutes
121102 Recreation Minutes
130111 Recreation Minutes

Implementation and Monitoring

With 5 Goals, 19 objectives and 114 strategies, implementation of the SRWSP, will be undertaken over a number of years.   The priorities for implementation in 2014-2015 will be the following:

  • Engage the community to pursue all available regulatory options to establish boating regulations on the Shuswap River (Strategies 9.7, 10.1, 12.3, 13.3 and 15.3).
  • Improve consultation and community input on watershed management through the creation of an independent permanent Shuswap River Watershed Advisory Body and develop terms of reference for a Watershed Advisory Body which includes identifying a source of funding (objective 18, strategy 18.2).
  • Develop a comprehensive education program that addresses and incorporates all the strategies that speak to education (Strategies 16.1, 19.2, 19.3, 19.5, 19.6, 19.7).
  • Prioritize high value riparian sites based on available information (e.g. SHIM & FIM inventory mapping work and Golder Shuswap River Technical Assessment) and identify potential funding sources for restoration (Strategy 6.1).

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Phone: 250-550-3700
Fax: 250-550-3701
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