Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Action Plan Update


We are all connected by water - it hydrates us, offers enjoyment and beauty, and provides vital habitat. It is important for culture and recreation. Water allows us to run our businesses, raise healthy families and grow our food. Freshwater is undoubtedly a part of our identify in this region.

Yet, our water faces challenges:

  • a changing climate - more frequent and longer droughts; more intense rainfall and floods
  • increased pressures on land and water as we grow as a region
  • complex cross-jurisdictional management that requires strong local involvement.

It's been 10 years since the RDN's Drinking Water and Watershed Protection (DWWP) program first began implementing its Board-approved regional Action Plan in 2009. The key focus areas of DWWP are water education & outreach, water science & monitoring and water planning & policy support. In 2019, it is time for the Action Plan to be updated to reflect current objectives, emerging areas of focus, updated priorities, and required resources for a refreshed program mandate for the next decade and beyond.

On this page you can participate in the Action Plan Update - share your vision for a sustainable water future in our region!


How to navigate this page:

  • Read the original Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Action Plan, background information, the 10-year review report and more in the background documents.
  • Check out our timeline to see the project milestones.
  • Complete our survey to provide your input below.
  • Contribute to the forum below with your ideas and vision for a sustainable water future.
  • If you have any questions, use the Q&A tab below and our staff will respond
  • Make sure you register (subscribe) to receive email updates on this project!

Thank you for taking the time to learn more and share your thoughts about water in the RDN!


We are all connected by water - it hydrates us, offers enjoyment and beauty, and provides vital habitat. It is important for culture and recreation. Water allows us to run our businesses, raise healthy families and grow our food. Freshwater is undoubtedly a part of our identify in this region.

Yet, our water faces challenges:

  • a changing climate - more frequent and longer droughts; more intense rainfall and floods
  • increased pressures on land and water as we grow as a region
  • complex cross-jurisdictional management that requires strong local involvement.

It's been 10 years since the RDN's Drinking Water and Watershed Protection (DWWP) program first began implementing its Board-approved regional Action Plan in 2009. The key focus areas of DWWP are water education & outreach, water science & monitoring and water planning & policy support. In 2019, it is time for the Action Plan to be updated to reflect current objectives, emerging areas of focus, updated priorities, and required resources for a refreshed program mandate for the next decade and beyond.

On this page you can participate in the Action Plan Update - share your vision for a sustainable water future in our region!


How to navigate this page:

  • Read the original Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Action Plan, background information, the 10-year review report and more in the background documents.
  • Check out our timeline to see the project milestones.
  • Complete our survey to provide your input below.
  • Contribute to the forum below with your ideas and vision for a sustainable water future.
  • If you have any questions, use the Q&A tab below and our staff will respond
  • Make sure you register (subscribe) to receive email updates on this project!

Thank you for taking the time to learn more and share your thoughts about water in the RDN!

  • Survey - Drinking Water & Watershed Protection

    This survey is intended for residents of the Regional District of Nanaimo, including the 7 Electoral Areas plus the City of Nanaimo, District of Lantzville, City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach.

    We are updating our 10-year Action Plan for Drinking Water and Watershed Protection in the region, and we want to hear from you what are the important issues and ideas you have for the future of water sustainability in our region?

    Your feedback will help inform the Action Plan Update and the DWWP Program moving forward. Please take 10 minutes to answer the survey questions that follow.

    This survey is intended for residents of the Regional District of Nanaimo, including the 7 Electoral Areas plus the City of Nanaimo, District of Lantzville, City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach.

    We are updating our 10-year Action Plan for Drinking Water and Watershed Protection in the region, and we want to hear from you what are the important issues and ideas you have for the future of water sustainability in our region?

    Your feedback will help inform the Action Plan Update and the DWWP Program moving forward. Please take 10 minutes to answer the survey questions that follow.

    Take Survey