Public feedback sought for rainwater management strategy

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A draft rainwater management strategy for the Regional District of Nanaimo will soon be available for public comment.

The board of directors approved an engagement plan on Sept. 28 for the under development strategy aimed at designing cross-jurisdictional, collaborative rainwater management in the region to maintain healthy watersheds in the context of climate change, land use pressure and evolving best practices. The strategy would “provide a basis for updating policies, standards and bylaws, inform education and outreach and support grant funding applications for infrastructure upgrades,” the engagement plan says.

In developing the strategy, the RDN and consultant Emmons & Olivier Resources are looking at subdivision development standards including low impact development, green infrastructure policies, onsite rainwater management, watercourse and wetland protection as well as runoff pollution. An ad hoc working group, composed of RDN department staff, municipal engineers, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Mosaic Forest Management, is also advising on rainwater-related issues in the region.

So far technical workshops have been held with Snuneymuxw, Snaw-Naw-As and Qualicum First Nations, local governments, land developers, farmers, landscapers, property managers, environmental professionals and stewardship groups.

A questionnaire will be available on the RDN’s Get Involved website in November or early December followed by a virtual open house in January.

Rachelle Stein-Wotten, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Gabriola Sounder

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