Regional rainwater management strategy underway

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The Regional District of Nanaimo is in the process of developing a rainwater management strategy for the district.

The RDN has hired Emmons & Olivers Resources to lead the watershed-scale strategy intended to, among another objectives, coordinate actions across jurisdictions to maintain healthy watersheds in light of climate change, land use pressures and evolving rainwater management practices.

It will explore subdivision development standards like low-impact development and watercourse and wetland protection as well as control of runoff pollution.

A multi-stakeholder group meeting was held in July between municipal and RDN staff, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Mosaic Forests, stewardship groups and First Nations staff from Snuneymuxw, said Julie Pisani, the RDN’s drinking water and watershed protection program coordinator. A public engagement period is expected to take place November to January.

“The rural focus is envisioned to include cross-jurisdictional collaboration with MOTI,” who manages rural road drainage and culverts, Pisani said.

Development of the strategy is part of the DWWP’s 2020-30 action plan. The total budget for the project is $55,000.

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

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