Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition: Working together to protect our landscape and lifestyle

Our Projects

Skeena Economy Christmas Countdown

This 2014 holiday season SWCC is offering gifts of adventure, innovation, beauty and a sense of Skeena pride in a 24 day countdown of inspiring gift ideas from our secret Skeena Superheroes.

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Up Your Watershed - 2013 - We are the Future!

Inspiration, joy, great energy and tonnes of kids came out of the 'Up Your Watershed' (UYW) events in 2012. The goal of the UYW program is to initiate positive action and behavioral change in our watersheds and to preserve our ecosystem.

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LNG in the Skeena Watershed? Think Again!

The Skeena estuary contains an abundance of life. It is among the most productive ecosystems in the world and home to a variety of unique plant and animal communities including wild salmon and steelhead. The Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry could be coming to the Skeena Watershed for the first time. Read on..

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Skeena Energy Solutions

 What if we could turn the plastic in our garbage dumps into diesel for pennies a liter? It’s already happening nearby. Skeena Energy Solutions is a grass-roots initiative aimed at supporting alternative ways to heat, fuel and provide electricity to our region in a way that will sustain northern cultures, build local economies, and protect the watersheds we all depend on.

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Skeena Watershed Ecosystem Valuation

How do we decide what counts? Overall, people have a tendency to play up the benefits of human activities without considering the economic benefits provided by undisturbed ecosystems. SWCC and a team of advisers will look at ecosystem services and natural capital in the Skeena Watershed and determine how we could determine their value.

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WOW! Women On Water

Women on water (WOW) is a Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition and Tides Canada Initiatives program aimed at educating and building river, self-esteem and leadership skills in the women of our watershed!

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Rafting the Skeena - Summer expeditions 2011

In summer 2011 SWCC took two groups of our biggest fans and supporters down the Skeena River for some white water action and lots of camp fire strategizing. The idea behind these trips was to provide a unique opportunity for these individuals to personally connect with the ecosystem and wildlife.

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Up Your Watershed Tour 2011

The communities of Hazelton, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Smithers hosted Up Your Watershed! concerts in celebration of watershed stewardship, salmon conservation and the fabulous, unique rivers of British Columbia. Singers/songwriters/producers Holly Arntzen and Kevin Wright of the Artist Response Team (ART) joined with choirs of local students.

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Skeena Bike Service - Launched on Earth Day!

We are happy to partner with North West Watch and the Skeena Bicycle Service (SBS) to provide the people of Terrace with a fossil fuel emissions free alternative to driving. You can borrow a bike for free anytime at supporting local merchants. Transportation is too often a significant barrier keeping folks with low incomes from reaching necessary services; a bike...

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Skeena Elder Stories Project

SWCC volunteer, Gretel Miles, collected the stories of the lives of the elders & oldtimers of the Upper Skeena with the idea of preserving rich, shared heritage for future generations, as well as our own. A digital book has been compiled.

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Skeena Swim 2009

The summer of 2009 saw Ali Howard become the first person on the planet to ever swim the entire 610km Skeena River. After 26 days of whitewater, boulder gardens, crazy currents and community celebrations, she had done it! Ali is now touring the region and beyond with slideshows, video footage and discussions about her epic adventure.

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10,000 Salmon

In November and December of 2009, every elementary and high school student in the entire northwest corner of BC across and beyond the Skeena, Nass & Stikine watersheds decorated a paper salmon. Approx 10,000 salmon were returned to us, beautifully decorated by youth from pre-school kids to Grade 12 students.

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YOW! Youth on Water Program

At the heart of the SWCC Youth on Water (YOW) program is our recognition of the immense value of the Skeena watershed and the Sacred headwaters. While ascribing to the mandate of SWCC, the YOW program will provide an opportunity for local youth to experience the grandeur of the Skeena River and the Sacred Headwaters through direct, water level, engagement.

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Sacred Headwaters Initiative

Northern BC's Sacred Headwaters is a rare and special place. Here in a vast alpine basin, three of the Northwest's greatest salmon rivers are born: the Skeena, the Nass and the Stikine. Stone sheep, caribou, grizzly bears and wolves call the Headwaters home and the area is critically important to the local indigenous people, the Tahltan.

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Technical Studies - Annual Program

Our baseline inventory research is designed to contribute to the general understanding of the upper Skeena's globally significant wildlife, wild salmon, and cultural heritage resources. These projects target selected wildlife, fisheries and cultural heritage features as well as locations of specific conservation concern.

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Skeena Awareness Project

A discovery expedition of the Upper Skeena lead by Director, Jim Allen. The 10 person field crew completed 2 consecutive, 10 day Upper Skeena River rafting expeditions in hopes of finding and reviving ancient heritage trails for archaeological documentation and development of eco-tourism.

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Public Education and Outreach

SWCC public education initiatives, including our popular Conservation Camps for Kids, provide accurate and updated information on current conservation issues and opportunities within the Skeena watershed. These programs take the form of film nights, slide shows, guest lectures, technical presentations, field courses and information brochures.

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