Why is wetland mapping important?
RDN is home to more than 140,000 residents, of which, four member
municipalities are included: City of Nanaimo, District of Lantzville,
City of Parksville, and
Town of Qualicum
Beach. In 2006, a population and housing study conducted in the region
estimated that the population would increase by 60% between 2006 and 2036. This
projected population growth would significantly increase various land use
activities and enhance stress on groundwater resources.
this reason, MABBRI and the RDN have partnered to redirect policy and land use
decisions. It is well understood that wetlands have the ability to mitigate
major flood events, and filter chemicals and nutrients from surface water to
increase localized water quality.