AAFC, Salmon River Watershed Roundtable (SRWR), BC-MOE, EC, Pacific
Salmon Association, NSERC-IRC program at UVic, DFO, BC Cattleman
The Salmon River is an important water system that flows into Shuswap Lake.
The Salmon River Watershed Roundtable (SRWR) is one of the more
active groups working toward Salmon River watershed sustainability since
1993. Activities have included watershed planning, stream and bank
restoration and substantial water quality (WQ) and quantity monitoring,
involving many local, provincial, federal and non-government agencies.
Significant stream restoration progress has been made by SRWR over the past
11 years, however, a need has been recognized for more emphasis on
land-based BMP’s (SRWR WFSP 2003). This research project has been building
upon existing partnerships, using existing background data, has been
collecting important new data required for the assessment of BMP’s on
improving water quality through intensive water quality and quantity
monitoring and sampling at 5 small sub-basins in the lower agricultural
intensive areas within the 1500 km2 drainage basin.
Three areas are being improved by implementation of suitable BMPs and
two are being used to evaluate BMPs on water leaving the site from tile or
ditched drained areas.