Regional Strategy for Rainwater Management

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Have your say on rainwater management in the region!

WHAT IS RAINWATER MANAGEMENT? It's the management of precipitation and associated strategies to protect the health of watersheds and maintain a predevelopment water balance. Synonymous with 'Stormwater Management'. Focused on managing all rain events, not just storms; looks at managing on a watershed scale, for cumulative effects.





WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

  • To maintain groundwater recharge
  • To mitigate flooding
  • To protect water quality
  • To enhance climate resilience


WHERE DOES THE REGIONAL STRATEGY COME IN?

The objective of the Regional Strategy for Rainwater Management is to provide a collaborative framework to coordinate actions across jurisdictions to effectively use rain as a resource, promote the maintenance of natural hydrologic function and protect the quality of water. This is a regulatory commitment for the RDN, under the Liquid Waste Management Plan. The RDN's Drinking Water and Watershed Protection program provides the implementation mechanism for strategy and other rainwater related commitments.



HOW CAN YOU GET ENGAGED?

  • Register using the tab at the top of this page
  • First: Watch our two videos introducing the project
  • View our background documents to learn more
    • For more in-depth reviewers: the recommendations PDFs contain fillable areas to type detailed feedback, which you can then save within the document and email to waterprotection@rdn.bc.ca
  • Complete the survey by clicking the tab below -- appropriate for all reviewers!
  • Share an idea in the ideas tab below to contribute to a positive brainstorm on the topic!
  • Participate in our upcoming virtual open house on January 25, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. on Zoom ( click here to register ).
  • Ask a specific question about the project in the Q&A tab! Or, email us at waterprotection@rdn.bc.ca




Have your say on rainwater management in the region!

WHAT IS RAINWATER MANAGEMENT? It's the management of precipitation and associated strategies to protect the health of watersheds and maintain a predevelopment water balance. Synonymous with 'Stormwater Management'. Focused on managing all rain events, not just storms; looks at managing on a watershed scale, for cumulative effects.





WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

  • To maintain groundwater recharge
  • To mitigate flooding
  • To protect water quality
  • To enhance climate resilience


WHERE DOES THE REGIONAL STRATEGY COME IN?

The objective of the Regional Strategy for Rainwater Management is to provide a collaborative framework to coordinate actions across jurisdictions to effectively use rain as a resource, promote the maintenance of natural hydrologic function and protect the quality of water. This is a regulatory commitment for the RDN, under the Liquid Waste Management Plan. The RDN's Drinking Water and Watershed Protection program provides the implementation mechanism for strategy and other rainwater related commitments.



HOW CAN YOU GET ENGAGED?

  • Register using the tab at the top of this page
  • First: Watch our two videos introducing the project
  • View our background documents to learn more
    • For more in-depth reviewers: the recommendations PDFs contain fillable areas to type detailed feedback, which you can then save within the document and email to waterprotection@rdn.bc.ca
  • Complete the survey by clicking the tab below -- appropriate for all reviewers!
  • Share an idea in the ideas tab below to contribute to a positive brainstorm on the topic!
  • Participate in our upcoming virtual open house on January 25, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. on Zoom ( click here to register ).
  • Ask a specific question about the project in the Q&A tab! Or, email us at waterprotection@rdn.bc.ca




  • Who is involved?

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    Rainwater, by its nature is cross-jurisdictional. It rains across political boundaries and run-off flows across the landscape effecting all land uses, ecosystems and activities. This means there are many organizations and individuals involved in managing rainwater on different scales.

    Collaboration is essential to ensure a holistic and effective approach to maintaining the water balance across the landscape in a changing climate, amidst land use changes and development. This includes:

    • Municipalities (that operate their own stormwater drainage infrastructure)
    • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (that manages rural road drainage including culverts and ditches)
    • Forestry companies (that manage forestry road drainage and vast areas of upper watershed land)
    • The RDN (that administers land use planning in rural areas, manages regional parks, coordinates emergency planning and leads regional programs on watershed protection)
    • First Nations (whose traditional territory region resides within; including the Snuneymuxw, Snaw-naw-as and Qualicum First Nations)
    • Plus stewardship groups, consulting professionals, property owners, and the community-at-large


Page last updated: 17 January 2022, 12:52