Transboundary Watershed Management in the Fraser Lowlands: Bertrand Creek and Fishtrap Creek

Ryan Anaka, Western Washington University


Bertrand Creek and Fishtrap Creek are transboundary watersheds located in the eastern portion of the Fraser Lowlands border region. Population growth, land use practices, and urban development in British Columbia (BC) and Washington (WA) are pressuring surface and groundwater resources. As a result, questions of transboundary watershed management have arisen. Management of transboundary water resources creates dynamic governing scenarios, as mismatched levels of government and regulatory fragmentation both within and between neighbouring nations results in a confusing governing scenario. Consequently, cooperation between nations regarding transboundary resource management may be difficult to formulate.