Stormwater Management Strategy Open House


Gabriolans interested in learning more about the regional stormwater management strategy being developed can attend an open house this month.

The Nanaimo Regional District Virtual Open House will be held on Zoom on Tuesday, January 25 from 4-7 p.m. The freestyle session will include presentations at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., followed by discussion periods.

A survey to gauge community perspectives is also available through the end of January via www.getinvolved.rdn.ca/rainwater-management-strategy. Registration for the open day can also be found on this page.

Similar to stormwater management but with a broader scope that encompasses entire watersheds, the RDN says the main reason for the strategy is to provide a framework for collaboration across jurisdictions, including the regional district, municipalities, private forestry, provincial departments and First Nations. The stormwater management approach is used “to control, process and transport precipitation across the landscape, using both natural and built infrastructure” and views rainwater as a “resource” rather than a “nuisance,” says the draft executive summary of the strategy. The strategy will be built around six core recommendations: watershed studies, watershed monitoring, regional climate change assessment, groundwater recharge and wellhead protection, education, outreach, and funding assessment. The draft summary also recommends potential performance targets to use as well as implementation tools.

Having a stormwater management strategy is a regulatory commitment as part of the RDN’s provincial liquid waste management plan.

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