Quality waters is a term used by fisheries managers and anglers to describe some of BC’s premier streams for angling. The Quality Waters granting program funds activities such as Angling Management Plans (AMPs), the River Guardian Program, and stock assessments on Classified Waters in BC. A full list of eligible activities is available here.
Funding for Quality Waters projects comes from surcharges on licences to angle and/ or guide on Classified Waters in BC.
This program is currently limited to established projects. Application forms are provided directly to proponents for each regional project. For more information, contact Barb von Sacken at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-940-3013.
In order to maximize the on-the-ground impact of every conservation dollar, HCTF will consider requests for capital assets where they are necessary to complete the project and where the cost per asset does not exceed $3,500. This threshold may be lifted in certain circumstances, such as for immobile assets (e.g. cattleguards, aerators, etc.). Please contact HCTF to discuss if you wish to request an asset over $3,500. Note that any asset purchased must only be used for conservation purposes.
For Provincial Government project leaders, HCTF coordinates one agreement with the Province that encompasses all approved Government projects. It is the responsibility of all Ministry project leaders to become familiar with the requirements and conditions of their Conditional Grant Agreement, and they are also encouraged to request and review their specific agreement from Headquarters.
The Quality Waters program allows some flexibility for project leaders to make changes to their projects but certain amendments do require pre-approval from HCTF. During the year, a Project Leader may find that one site requires additional expenditures, while other sites may require less. The Project Leader may reallocate up to 30% of their budget between the different sites approved in their proposal, as needed. For re-allocations over 30%, or for sites not approved in the proposal, a project change request form must be submitted to HCTF. Approved funding cannot be reallocated from one Project (region) to another.
The support provided by HCTF must be acknowledged in any publicity issued, printed or distributed, including signs, displays, reports, announcements, articles, press releases, or media interviews. Full information on HCTF communications guidelines and copies of the HCTF logo are available here.
Report forms are customized for each project and will be provided to project leaders in late February or early March. Report forms are due by April 15th each year.
Each project funded under this program completes an annual report. The most recent summary reports are provided below. For earlier reports, please contact Barb von Sacken at email@example.com or 250-940-9013.