Nicola Water Use Management Plan (Draft)


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Nicola Water Use Management Plan (Draft)

  1. 2. The Nicola Water Use Management Plan or (Nicola WUMP) is the result of a planning process involving a multi-stakeholder committee made up of representatives from all levels of government, First Nations, interest groups and concerned citizens that live within the geographic boundaries of the Nicola Watershed. Crater Lake
  2. 3. The Plan's purpose is to guide the sustainable use of the water resources of the Nicola watershed. In order to submit the plan to government, WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK.
  3. 4. History In the fall of 2004, the residents of the Nicola Watershed endorsed the development of a water use management plan to address issues related to water, fish flows and the Nicola dam. To guide the planning process, the residents agreed to the following vision and mission statements… Alleyne Lake
  4. 5. Vision … a sustainable supply of quality water that ensures a balance of social, economic, traditional and ecological values. … to guide the sustainable use of the water resources of the Nicola watershed in order to support the social, economic and ecological well being of our communities in perpetuity. Mission
  5. 6. THE DRAFT PLAN 76 page document made up of 7 sections Executive Summary Overview Description Issues Information Options Recommendations Coldwater River
  6. 9. 37 Recommendations [ overview ] Grouped into 8 objective areas: <ul><li>PLANNING </li></ul><ul><li>CONSERVATION </li></ul><ul><li>COMMUNICATION </li></ul><ul><li>REGULATION </li></ul><ul><li>MANAGEMENT </li></ul><ul><li>LEARNING </li></ul><ul><li>ENVIRONMENT </li></ul><ul><li>WATER QUALITY </li></ul>Alleyne Lake
  7. 10. PLANNING <ul><li>Part 4 - WMP </li></ul><ul><li>land use planning </li></ul><ul><li>drought mgmt plan </li></ul>
  8. 11. CONSERVATION <ul><li>storage </li></ul><ul><li>sprinkling restrictions </li></ul><ul><li>rebate program </li></ul><ul><li>irrigation systems </li></ul><ul><li>cisterns </li></ul>Nicola Dam
  9. 12. REGULATION <ul><li>water meters </li></ul><ul><li>wells </li></ul><ul><li>licensing </li></ul><ul><li>funding for infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>new bylaws </li></ul><ul><li>grey water </li></ul>Nicola Lake
  10. 13. COMMUNICATION <ul><li>public education </li></ul><ul><li>meetings with MOE </li></ul>Nicola Valley
  11. 14. WATER QUALITY <ul><li>nutrient mgmt plans </li></ul><ul><li>best mgmt practices </li></ul>
  12. 15. ENVIRONMENT <ul><li>habitat enhancement </li></ul><ul><li>fish-water mgmt tool </li></ul><ul><li>riparian setbacks </li></ul><ul><li>instream flow </li></ul>
  13. 16. LEARNING <ul><li>bi-annual report </li></ul><ul><li>monitoring program </li></ul><ul><li>studies </li></ul><ul><li>Identify artesian wells </li></ul><ul><li>options assessment </li></ul>
  14. 17. MANAGEMENT <ul><li>local governance body </li></ul><ul><li>stable funding </li></ul><ul><li>compliance & enforcement </li></ul><ul><li>5-year review </li></ul>
  15. 18. GUIDING PRINCIPLES Recognize and promote the value of water, as it is a precious and limited resource.
  16. 19. Recognize the interconnection between surface and ground water throughout the watershed. GUIDING PRINCIPLES Nicola River
  17. 20. Recognize that water quantity and quality are required for healthy ecosystems and safe drinking water throughout the watershed. GUIDING PRINCIPLES Nicola Lake Outlet
  18. 21. Recognize and commit to integrated land and water use planning. GUIDING PRINCIPLES Development Around Nicola Lake
  19. 22. Recognize that water allocation and other management decisions need to be made in an open, transparent, and equitable way GUIDING PRINCIPLES
  20. 23. Promote and prioritize water efficiency through conservation and water storage. GUIDING PRINCIPLES
  21. 24. Use the best available information to adaptively manage the WUMP. GUIDING PRINCIPLES Alleyne Lake
  22. 25. Avoid costly and unsustainable conflicts tomorrow with timely and proactive investment today. GUIDING PRINCIPLES Lundbom Lake
  23. 26. Recognize that everyone is affected and has a shared responsibility in water management and that active participation and information sharing are necessary in order to lead to more effective water management decisions. GUIDING PRINCIPLES
  24. 27. Recognize and celebrate the achievements of the WUMP. GUIDING PRINCIPLES
  25. 29. Questions to Consider <ul><li>If we don't manage the water resource better than we do today, what will the next 10 to 20 years look like given climate change & the very real possibility of more severe & frequent droughts? </li></ul><ul><li>What role should residents of the Watershed have in the management of the water resource? Who should be making the decisions? </li></ul><ul><li>Is water becoming scarce? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we balance our (human) need for water and that required for a healthy habitat for fish? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we avoid conflicts over water in the future? </li></ul>
  26. 30. Q & A Remember Copies are available here and on the website at THANK YOU