Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Action Plan Update

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Consultation has concluded


As of February 25, 2020 the updated RDN DWWP Action Plan (2020-2030) has been finalized and endorsed by the RDN Board. This webpage documents the update process that took place in 2019 to update the Plan. Thanks to all who engaged in the process!

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 identity 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 documents library.
  • Check out our timeline to see the project milestones.
  • Complete our survey to provide your input below (closed May 27, 2019).
  • 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!


As of February 25, 2020 the updated RDN DWWP Action Plan (2020-2030) has been finalized and endorsed by the RDN Board. This webpage documents the update process that took place in 2019 to update the Plan. Thanks to all who engaged in the process!

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 identity 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 documents library.
  • Check out our timeline to see the project milestones.
  • Complete our survey to provide your input below (closed May 27, 2019).
  • 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!

Consultation has concluded
  • The updated DWWP Action Plan 2020-2030 is now complete and endorsed by the RDN Board!

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    09 Mar 2020

    After a year-long engagement process with community outreach, an online survey, several committee workshops, a structured-decision-making process and technical review, the DWWP Action Plan 2.0 is complete!

    Please explore the document library on this page to find the newly updated Plan for 2020-2030 and review the feedback received from the engagement process.

    To see the Board Reports that accompanied the draft and final DWWP Action Plan:

    Now that the update project is concluded, please visit rdn.bc.ca/drinking-water-and-watershed-protection to see all the program initiatives and information moving forward.

    Thanks to all who participated in the Action Plan update process. We are now moving ahead with implementing new initiatives and continuing with and enhancing our ongoing successful programs such as our rebates and monitoring. We would love to continue to hear from you so please share your ideas and priorities and feedback in the comment section below or by sending us an email.

    For the love of our water!

    - The RDN DWWP team

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