Team WaterSmart

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The Regional District of Nanaimo’s Team WaterSmart, in partnership with many great local organizations and municipalities, is excited to host a variety of activities and events to celebrate both World Water Day and Earth Day. Water to Earth Month 2018 will have something for everyone with workshops, stream walks, river rafting, swimming events, educational tours, streamkeepers courses, and movie nights.

Welcome to the Team WaterSmart Get Involved RDN page!

Check out all of the great upcoming initiatives being offered throughout the Regional District of Nanaimo. We will keep our community calendar up-to-date with where to find Team WaterSmart - whether it's fun community events, educational workshops, or adventurous outdoor activities.

Water conservation and environmental protection are values shared by all of us so come get involved and help to appreciate our water...because every drop counts!

Winter/Spring 2022/2023:



Welcome to the Team WaterSmart Get Involved RDN page!

Check out all of the great upcoming initiatives being offered throughout the Regional District of Nanaimo. We will keep our community calendar up-to-date with where to find Team WaterSmart - whether it's fun community events, educational workshops, or adventurous outdoor activities.

Water conservation and environmental protection are values shared by all of us so come get involved and help to appreciate our water...because every drop counts!

Winter/Spring 2022/2023:



  • Watershed Field Trips to the Nanaimo and Englishman River Watersheds

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    Watershed Field Trips are back this Fall for Grades 4 and 5 in School District 68 & 69!

    Call 250-390-6560 or email watersmart@rdn.bc.ca to book this experience for your Grade 4 or 5 class! Limited number of trips available.

    To promote watershed education in our region, we are taking students out of the classroom and into their drinking watershed! Students will participate in various fun activities that focus on a sensory experience of the river, the forest, the reservoir, the watershed ecosystems and make important connections to their everyday life. Hop on our bus to discover the landscape that water travels through before it comes out of the tap!

    This full-day trip is available to Grade 4 & 5 classes in School Districts 68 and 69, as it is designed to be strongly connected to Life & Earth Science PLOs. It includes a pre-trip and post-trip curriculum connected activity guide for teachers to extend the learning experience. Bus transportation will be provided to and from your school.

    Trips run to the Englishman River (SD69) or the Nanaimo River (SD68) in May, June, September and October.

  • What are you doing to conserve water? Enter our WaterSaver contest!!!

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    Whether your household receives water from a municipal or RDN water system or you have you own well, water is a shared resource. On the 'wet coast' of B.C., it is easy to take our water supply for granted. In dry summer months, water consumption triples, even though there is much less water available. As the region grows, more people will be using the same limited resource. The quantity and quality of our water are directly impacted by human activity including the amount we use on a daily basis. It is important that we all do our part to protect our water.

    The RDN's WaterSaver contest aims to promote efficient water use practices this summer through our online contest!

    Show off your water-saving landscaping, efficient irrigation, rainwater harvesting or other ways you are reducing outdoor water use on your property for a chance to win a rain barrel and native plants prize package!

    Plus all entries get a lawn sign to proudly display that you are doing your best to be WaterSmart!


    How to enter:

    Either take a photo or write a description and:

    1. Go to the RDN's Facebook @RegionalDistrictofNanaimo or Instagram @rdnanaimo and comment on the RDN's WaterSaver contest post with your photo or description OR
    2. Send via email to watersmart@rdn.bc.ca

    Contest runs all summer long and closes Monday September 26, 2022.

    Click here for your WaterSmart Yard Sign - weekly drop off or pick up times throughout the summer!

    By submitting your photo, you are consenting to the contest rules and grant the RDN the following: a royalty-free, nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to use the submitted photograph(s) in print and online; the right to scale, crop or alter the color of the submitted image(s) for publication purposes; and consent to use your name in connection with the contest.


  • Water to Earth Month 2022

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    Thank you for participating in our 2022 Water to Earth month celebrations! We are done for this year but will be back from March 22-April 22, 2023!

    Water to Earth Month 2022 will feature both in-person and virtual events

    Check back at this page for event updates from the RDN and our community partners, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve (MABR), City of Nanaimo, Nanaimo Area Land Trust (NALT) , VIU and Mosaic Forestry

    The RDN’s Drinking Water and Watershed Protection (DWWP) Program has been hosting Water to Earth Month events with community partners for the last 6 years. Water to Earth Month is an activity-packed, month-long celebration that takes place between World Water Day on March 22 and Earth Day on April 22. Its aim is to actively engage the community to build awareness about local water resources and environmental stewardship.


    Here are some of the events during Water to Earth Month: Check back often as we add more events, activities and online contests!


    Video Series Quiz- Enter to win some great prizes!


    Check out our Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Educational Video Series while answering some questions. You could win a rainbarrel, native plants, reusable coffee and water containers, umbrellas and zero waste kits! Quiz is open until April 18th and prizes will be drawn on Earth Day, April 22nd. Enter Here


    Stream Walk - Intro to Stream Health and Stewardship

    March 24th- 1:00-3:00pm hosted by Dave Clough and RDN Staff

    Join local Biologist and stream health expert, Dave Clough and RDN Drinking Water and Watershed Protection staff to learn more about stewardship as streamside landowner or someone who is interested in protecting local waterways. Take a walk through Nanaimo River Regional park and learn the importance of the values and function of the stream and riparian area while enjoying the beauty of the park.

    WaterSmart Landscape and Gardening Workshop

    Join Connie Kuramoto and Amy Robson as they discuss WaterSmart Landscape principles and give you some practical information you can apply to your own landscape and gardening. All participants will get some native plants or seeds

    April 2nd 1:00-4:00pm

    Rainwater Management Workshop

    Join local Landscape Architects Jamie Wallace from JAAN Designs and Chris and Kate from Kinship Designs as well as local stewardship groups as they show you some of the best rainwater management practices for your property and give you some examples from their work.

    April 7th, 2-4pm

    Location: Virtually-Register Here

    MABR Biosphere Blitz

    April 8-10, 2022

    https://www.mabr.ca/upcoming-events

    Earth Day Invasive Plant Removal and Litter Clean up Work Party

    Join like minded individuals and tackle invasive plants during one of our work parties. All necessary equipment and training provided. Work parties are fun but physically taxing and best suited to those with a basic level of fitness and agility. Wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves and loppers if you have them.

    April 22, 10am-12pm

    Location: Bowen Park through City of Nanaimo- Register Here

    Natural Landscaping for Climate Change Workshop

    April 23rd, 10:00am- 12:00pm

    Celebrate Earth Day by discovering a new approach to landscaping! Wild and natural landscapes are relaxed and carefree, biodiverse, drought tolerant, and more resilient to climate change. Priscilla will show you how to work with nature, garden with native species and how to incorporate natural design features to create beautiful, multi-functional, outdoor spaces. Everyone will go home with a small selection of wild / native plants.

    Location: fern and Feather Studio- Register through City of Nanaimo Here

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  • Curriculum Connections School Modules

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    Teachers! We now have curriculum based school modules for you to use in your K-7 classrooms. "Freshwater Connections" are a series of six modules for either K-3 or 4-7 classrooms and include classroom presentations, activities and extension materials. These modules combine Indigenous knowledge, local references and science, cultural and hands-on activities to reinforce learning.

    Check them out at rdn.bc.ca/school-education

    Are you interested in providing feedback to Team WaterSmart on these modules? We'd love to hear from you! email watersmart@rdn.bc.ca

  • FireSmart and WaterSmart Landscaping- What to know

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    Our landscape guide helps you make landscape choices that maximize water retention during times of drought as well as reduce wildfire risk and combines these FireSmart and WaterSmart principles with the East Coast of Vancouver Island climate and native species in mind.

    WaterSmart design aims to enhance resilience to drought by reducing the amount of watering required and increasing the storage capacity of your landscape soils. FireSmart landscaping reduces the risk of wildlfire damaging structures on your property. Learn more about maximizing these two principles with our new guide.

    Download your copy here

  • Thank you for Participating in our Freshwater Survey!

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    Thank you for Participating in our Freshwater Survey!

    Between June 28 and August 2, 2021 Ipsos conducted a randomized survey on behalf of the RDN using a mixed telephone /online survey methodology. In total, 1,393 surveys with adult residents in the region were completed! This included a balance of responses from the Electoral Areas and Municipalities.

    The objective of the survey was to better understand community perspectives, behaviours, and priorities concerning freshwater resources in the region. The 2021 survey will act as a benchmark against which follow up surveys can be compared to gauge change and progress.

    To learn more, please check out the RDN Freshwater Perspectives Public Benchmark Survey Final Report

    A staff report summarizing the findings was received by the RDN Board on Oct. 26th; you can find that report here: https://rdn-pub.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=19956

    The results from the survey will help tailor Drinking Water and Watershed Protection program implementation to best suit the needs of and address the gaps present in various communities.

    Thank you again to all who participated!


    If you have further questions, please contact us at 250-390-6560 or waterprotection@rdn.bc.ca


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