Watershed Stewardship Network

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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 Regional District of Nanaimo's Watershed Stewardship Network.

The RDN's Drinking Water & Watershed Protection (DWWP) program's vision is for healthy and resilient water resources and freshwater ecosystems - now and into the future.

This platform is an interactive space for members to share stories, post ideas, recruit volunteers, and showcase the valuable work that they do to monitor, restore, and steward freshwater habitat region wide.

Members of the Community Watershed Monitoring Network (CWMN) can find resources, guides, and training videos on this page. If you are a community member interested in getting involved with the monitoring program, contact waterstewardship@rdn.bc.ca to be connected with a stewardship group in your area.

Search and post volunteer opportunities in the Call out for Volunteers forum and check Key Dates for upcoming events, stewardship activities, and training opportunities.

Don't forget to Register to receive updates and stay involved!

Contact waterstewardship@rdn.bc.ca with any questions.

Welcome to the Regional District of Nanaimo's Watershed Stewardship Network.

The RDN's Drinking Water & Watershed Protection (DWWP) program's vision is for healthy and resilient water resources and freshwater ecosystems - now and into the future.

This platform is an interactive space for members to share stories, post ideas, recruit volunteers, and showcase the valuable work that they do to monitor, restore, and steward freshwater habitat region wide.

Members of the Community Watershed Monitoring Network (CWMN) can find resources, guides, and training videos on this page. If you are a community member interested in getting involved with the monitoring program, contact waterstewardship@rdn.bc.ca to be connected with a stewardship group in your area.

Search and post volunteer opportunities in the Call out for Volunteers forum and check Key Dates for upcoming events, stewardship activities, and training opportunities.

Don't forget to Register to receive updates and stay involved!

Contact waterstewardship@rdn.bc.ca with any questions.

  • Watershed Security Fund

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    New funding opportunity available through the Province!

    On March 6, 2023, the Province of BC made a historic investment by announcing an initial $100 million to ignite the formation of the Watershed Security Fund. Established through a collaboration between the Province of BC and the BC First Nations Water Table, the Watershed Security Fund represents a significant milestone in safeguarding the health of our province’s invaluable watersheds.

    In this first year, the Fund’s Grants Program will start flowing commitments of $7-$10 million to communities, spread across two grant intakes in 2024/25, to address urgent and long-term watershed security needs. Together with the Grants Working Group, the Province endeavors to build a foundation of work, systems, and approaches that transfer over and evolve into the long-term multi-year grants program offered through the Watershed Security Fund.

    Grant funding will support projects and initiatives that prioritize reconciliation, ecosystems health and climate resilience. Across a range of themes, funded projects will support healthy communities and sustainable economies. The Province recognizes the holistic, interwoven aspects of watershed work and understands that most projects will connect across several areas.

    Funding Themes (Areas of work) include:

    • Watershed Collaboration, Planning and Governance
    • Watershed and Ecosystems Restoration
    • Nature-based infrastructure
    • Watersheds & Food Systems
    • Monitoring and Assessment
    • Land & Water-based Learning, Intergenerational Knowledge

    The first intake opens June 3-26, 2024, for grants approved in September. The second intake is planned to open in late 2024/ early 2025 for grants approved in Spring 2025.

    Learn more and submit an application at https://watershedsecurityfund.ca/grants/

  • Nanaimo River Regional Park - Volunteers needed for tree planting!

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    Join RDN Parks in planting trees within the Nanaimo River Regional Park on Friday, November 17th. Details in the poster below!


    For more information or to register to volunteer, contact invasivespecies@rdn.bc.ca

  • 2023 Community Watershed Monitoring Network - Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

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    Join us on Thursday, November 23rd, from 12:00 – 3:00pm at the Nanoose Place Community Centre for a catered lunch, door prizes, activities, and an opportunity to introduce your stewardship group to potential new volunteers.

    The RDN’s Drinking Water & Watershed Protection team is grateful to be partnered with environmental stewardship groups from across the region, whose dedicated volunteer work make the Community Watershed Monitoring Network program a possibility. We are delighted to host an in-person event to express our appreciation and gratitude for your participation.

    This event will also be open to the public, so those who may be interested in learning more about volunteering with a stewardship organization and participating in the Community Watershed Monitoring Network can connect with you and get involved. There will be opportunity to introduce your group to potential new volunteers by having a display table, providing a short presentation, and/or sharing your stewardship story!

    Please register to attend by emailing waterstewardship@rdn.bc.ca by November 10th, 2023.

    In your email, let me know:

    1. If your organization would like to have a display table at the event. We will provide tables for display materials and are happy to offer assistance with developing and printing materials that highlight your group. The venue is booked for a couple of hours before and after the event, so there is plenty of time for setting-up and taking-down displays.
    2. If you would like to give a short 5-minute presentation about your group and the important work you do. There will be a projector, screen, and microphone available at the venue for presentations, if desired. If you are planning to present with PowerPoint slides, we will also have a computer available so you may bring your presentation on a USB or email your presentation to waterstewardship@rdn.bc.ca prior to the event.
    3. If you have photos that you’d like to share of watersheds and water stewards. We will be putting together a photo slideshow of local streams and the folks who work hard to care for them. If you have any photos that you would like to share, please don’t hesitate to send them now and throughout the monitoring season to waterstewardship@rdn.bc.ca.
    4. If you would like to share your Stewardship Story. We will have an open-mic session, where participants will be invited to share their Stewardship Stories, such as how they became involved in stewardship work, what motivates them as an environmental steward, and how they are connected to the watersheds they care for. If you wish to share, you may let me know and prepare your story beforehand, but impromptu stories are also welcome!


    We are very much looking forward to seeing you there!

  • The Art of Nurturing Nature

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    "The Art of Nurturing Nature" is something to celebrate on BC and World Rivers Day September 24, 2023! Hand painted wooden salmon will be on display near the Qualicum Beach Visitors Centre (2711 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach). This event will feature a hands-on paper fish decorating activity. All ages welcome.

    Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Forage Fish Demonstration at 10:00 am.

    Yellow Fish & You - A look at Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society (MVIHES). Join MVIHES at Adam Walker's MLA community office on September 24th for a fun an informative talk, display and meet and greet. Learn what you can do to conserve water and protect salmon habitats in our community.

    For full event series details and info on how to participate, visit the event webpage here.


  • Data to Action Workshop - Thank you for attending!

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    Thank you to all those who attended and participated in the 2023 Data to Action - Community Watershed Monitoring Network (CWMN) Results Session!

    This year's CWMN Results Session was hosted in person at Nanoose Place Community Centre on July 12th.

    It was great to get to meet in-person again after years of webinars! The 2023 Results Session was a well-attended event that inspired some great discussions.

    An information graphic was created by Fuselight Creative Inc staff over the course of the event on the theme of Data to Action to capture the input and discussion from participants in the room, including citizen scientists and volunteers, experts and technical staff, and members of the public. The graphics linked below were created in several different formats that you are welcome to use:

    1. Information graphic summarizing the data to action dialogue that took place at the Results Session.
    2. Data to action information graphic that incorporates the different avenues of watershed monitoring and protection.

    Presentations included a summary of 2022 monitoring results by RDN staff and guest presentations by Ministry of Forests, BC Conservation Foundation, and Weaver Technical Corp.

    If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at watermonitoring@rdn.bc.ca or waterstewardship@rdn.bc.ca

  • Data to Action Workshop: RDN Community Watershed Monitoring Network 2023 Results Session

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    You are invited to the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN)'s 2023 Community Watershed Monitoring Network (CWMN) Data Results Session!

    On Wednesday, July 12th from 11am to 2:30pm at Nanoose Place (2925 Northwest Bay Road), join the RDN’s Drinking Water and Watershed Protection team to engage with the theme of Data to Action: from boots and monitoring equipment in the creek, to policy actions and water stewardship outcomes!

    The session agenda will include:

    • summary of the water quality data results from the 2022 sampling periods and trends observed over time,
    • presentations by technical experts on hydrometric monitoring and physical stream mapping, and
    • a live graphic artist recording of the event including a facilitated discussion.

    Please note:

    • if your organization would like to bring materials to share and display, please email watermonitoring@rdn.bc.ca to secure table space at the event,
    • refreshments and lunch will be provided, and
    • bring your questions, ideas and collaborative solutions-based mindset for the facilitated group discussion that will take place after lunch.


    IMPORTANT: RSVP to lfegan@rdn.bc.ca by Sat. July 1st to indicate your attendance.

  • Stewards in the Spotlight - Saturday April 29, 2023!

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    Join us on Saturday April 29 from 11:00am to 3:00pm at Kinsmen Park and the Kin Hut in Departure Bay, Nanaimo for a community event that celebrates local stewardship organizations from across the region who are taking action to restore, protect, and safeguard our environment - from caring for our local waterways, to removing invasive plants, and much more! Check out some interactive activities for all ages and learn how you can get involved.

    Live music, food trucks, native plant sales, interactive booths and activities, and more!

    Contact waterstewardship@rdn.bc.ca with any questions. Hope to see you there!



  • New RDN funding program for Demonstration Sites and Interpretive Signs!

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    We are very excited to announce a new funding program - the Demonstration Sites & Interpretive Signage funding program!

    The Regional District of Nanaimo’s Drinking Water & Watershed Protection (DWWP) Action Plan 2.0 (Action 5.1.1) has identified the use of demonstration sites and interpretive signage as a meaningful to way to bring awareness to watershed features, watershed restoration and stewardship, and nature-based urban infrastructure that restore or protect watershed function.

    Demonstration sites are real-world examples of features, practices, or infrastructure that inspire stewardship, action, or adoption of behaviours that are beneficial to communities and the environment. Examples of demonstration sites of green infrastructure (urban infrastructure that incorporates nature-based solutions that aim to retain or restore ecological function) include raingardens, bioswales, xeriscape gardens, rainwater harvesting practices, green rooftops, pervious surfaces, and more.

    Interpretive signage is an effective and engaging way to bring public awareness to the function and importance of natural ecosystems and community efforts that aim to restore or protect those ecosystems. Together, demonstration sites and interpretive signs are a powerful tool to illustrate water sustainable practices, highlight the importance of healthy watersheds, and promote freshwater conservation.

    The Demonstration Site & Interpretive Signage funding program supports the efforts of community organizations, stewardship groups, local government, and First Nations by offering to fund up to $5,000 for the installation or enhancement of demonstration sites and/or interpretive signage.

    First Nations and municipal governments within the Regional District of Nanaimo, community organizations, non-profit environmental stewardship groups, as well as Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) departments, may be eligible to apply for up to $5,000 (or greater based on project need and available funds) for demonstration site installation or enhancement and/or interpretive signage.

    • Other community groups or organizations may be considered eligible if the proposed project matches the merits of the program and aligns with DWWP initiatives.

    • Priority may be given to organizations that have partnered on other DWWP initiatives, such as those who have participated in the Community Watershed Monitoring Network.

    To submit a project proposal, complete the online application available on our webpage here or by emailing waterstewardship@rdn.bc.ca.

    Submissions must include:

    • Contact name and organization,
    • Brief description of the project, including:
      • Project type (eg. rain garden and sign installation, green roof upgrade and sign installation, sign installation only at an existing site, etc.),
      • Location of the project within the RDN,
      • Project timeline (estimate of the project start and end dates),
      • Project site description and visibility (i.e. the level of public accessibility to the site),
      • The scale of installation (i.e. new demonstration site and sign installation, site improvement to an existing site with sign installation, or sign installation only)
    • Estimate of project costs and list of any funding contributors or donators, including in-kind donations and support,
    • The amount of Demonstration Site & Interpretive Signage program funds requested,
    • List of project partners and description of the level of involvement or support from First Nations,
    • Brief description of how and why the project site was chosen, as well as why the community would benefit from the education, awareness, and information provided by the site and/or sign.
    • Description of a site maintenance plan.

    Project submissions do not guarantee funding approval. Project proposals will be evaluated against a set of prioritization criteria and funding availability.

    Contact waterstewardship@rdn.bc.ca with any questions or to discuss demonstration site and interpretive signage project ideas.

  • Stewardship Seed Funding - now open and accepting applications!

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    The Drinking Water & Watershed Protection Stewardship Seed Funding (SSF) program is now open for applications for 2023 projects!

    The RDN's Drinking Water & Watershed Protection (DWWP) program supports the efforts of local stewardship groups involved in community-level action to monitor, restore, or enhance regional watersheds by offering seed funding of $1000 to $5,000 per project. Multi-year projects can apply annually for up to three consecutive years.


    To be eligible for Stewardship Seed Funding, projects must:

    • be led by a non-profit organization and involve community volunteers,
    • be jointly funded by other partners, donors, or with in-kind contributions,
    • acquire all the necessary permissions and permits for work to be carried out,
    • and they must actively enhance or monitor stream, river, lake, estuary, or wetland health, hydrology, or function.


    Funding is available to all organizations and projects that match the above criteria and align with DWWP goals, though priority in the program is given to groups pursuing recommended actions generated from RDN supported stream assessments or water quality monitoring, such as the Community Watershed Monitoring Network.


    To apply, organizations must:

    • Step 1: Submit a Pre-approval Application with estimated project costs, site overview, and any other requested information.
    • Step 2: Once approved, complete the outlined project work within the same year as applying to the program.
    • Step 3: Submit a Claim Application with an itemized breakdown of project costs, invoices/receipts for project materials and services, and any other requested information, such as project completion site photos and site maintenance plan.


    There is no application deadline - allocations are 'first come, first served' based on project merit until years-end or until program funds are exhausted.


    Complete program details and application forms are available online at https://www.rdn.bc.ca/stewardship-seed-funding. Applications and any questions can be submitted to waterstewardship@rdn.bc.ca.

  • Riparian Analysis Map

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    Our region is experiencing increased air and water temperatures, prolonged drought periods, and increased frequency of high intensity rainfall events as a result of climate change. To buffer these extremes, intact and functional riparian areas are essential for promoting cooler air and water temperatures in heatwaves, offering water filtration and flood protection during high rainfall events, and providing overall enhanced biodiversity, ecosystem services and climate resilience.

    To understand the state of riparian cover across the region’s major watercourses and guide future restoration and enhancement efforts, the RDN’s Drinking Water & Watershed Protection (DWWP) engaged with McTavish Resource & Management Ltd to determine current functional riparian cover levels across the region’s watersheds, using aerial imagery, remote sensing data, and existing water quality data collected through the RDN’s Community Watershed Monitoring Network.

    The Regional Riparian Spatial Analysis for Restoration Prioritization project assessed the riparian condition of 47 waterways across the RDN based on a prioritization scheme that considers eight parameters associated with riparian health, including:

    • Disturbance,
    • Zones of concern,
    • Vegetation cover,
    • Terrestrial habitat cover and continuity,
    • Vegetation complexity and structural diversity,
    • Soil parent material and texture,
    • Water quality, and
    • Climate

    The goal of this assessment is to identify priority areas for restoration of riparian vegetative buffers and enhance climate resilience and water protection in the region.

    An outcome of this project included the development of an interactive mapping tool that allows decision-makers, water stewards, and community members to interact with the results of the riparian spatial analysis and support the prioritization of restoration and enhancement efforts. Users of the Riparian Analysis Map Viewer can interact with a visual depiction of the results of the analysis, identify and prioritize areas for restorative efforts, as well as, build tailored maps with the use of a suite of informative layers, identifiers, and mark-ups to aid in the scoping and planning of restoration projects.

    Visit the Riparian Analysis Map Viewer here: https://rdn.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=86fedd424d9740f59445df46b3ae11dd

    Your feedback is welcome! Don't hesitate to contact us with your comments, questions, or concerns by emailing waterstewardship@rdn.bc.ca

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