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  1. Public Information Meeting October 29th 2013 Gabriola Island, BC
  2. PRESENTATION Introduction 1. DWWP update  Program 1  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings In 2008, residents voted to establish a Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Service…  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who Today, we are going to talk about where we are: • DWWP program update • Water Budget Study review • Integrated Watershed Management Planning
  3. Introduction: Partnerships Our program is founded on partnerships and collaboration Municipalities: The public: residents, community associations, streamkeeper groups, professionals, students. Other governmental organizations: Other RDN departments: Sustainability, Wastewater, Rec & Park
  4. Introduction: Program development 2008 The RDN became the first regional government in British Columbia to start a Drinking Water & Watershed Protection service 7 Program Actions 2009-Present The DWWP is guided by a technical advisory committee of experts from: forestry, hydrogeology, academia, community stewardship, fisheries, water services The program is guided by the an Action Plan that outlines the key goals and objectives
  5. 1. DWWP Program Update
  6. PRESENTATION DWWP update: Program 1 1. DWWP update  Program 1 Public Awareness and Involvement  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5  Program 6 Free Workshops Websites  Program 7 2. Water Budget Community Booth www.TeamWaterSmart.ca  Background  Overview Home Visits  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion School Program 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who www.RDNgetinvolved.ca
  7. PRESENTATION DWWP update: Program 1 1. DWWP update  Program 1 Public Awareness and Involvement  Program 2  Program 3 School Program: Fieldtrips  Program 4  Program 5  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management From the classroom…..  What & Why  How & Who To the watershed….. 2014 – field trips for Gr. 4 & 5 • • Nanaimo River watershed Englishman River watershed
  8. PRESENTATION DWWP update: Program 2 1. DWWP update  Program 1 Water Resources Inventory & Monitoring  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5 Water Budget Study  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget Water Map  Background  Overview  Methodology Provincial Observation Well Network Expansion  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management Volunteer Well Level Monitoring  What & Why  How & Who Community Watershed Monitoring
  9. PRESENTATION DWWP update: Program 2 1. DWWP update  Program 1 Water Resources Inventory & Monitoring: Highlights  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4 Provincial Observation Well Network Expansion  Program 5  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget Groundwater monitoring  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who Volunteer Well Level Monitoring
  10. PRESENTATION 1. DWWP update  Program 1  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5  Program 6 DWWP update: Program 2 Water Resources Inventory & Monitoring: Highlights Community Watershed Monitoring Network Surface water monitoring  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who Volunteer Sampling Schedule 5 weeks  Summer low flow 5 weeks  Fall flush Community Watershed Monitoring Network Stewardship Groups Nanaimo & Area Land Trust Vancouver island University Island Waters Fly Fishers Departure Creek Streamkeepers Mid-Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society Friends of French Creek Conservation Society Parksville-Qualicum Fish & Game / QBS Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers (QBS) Nile Creek Enhancement Society Lantzville-Nanoose Streamkeepers NORTH
  11. DWWP update: Program 2 PRESENTATION 1. DWWP update Water Resources Inventory & Monitoring: Highlights  Program 1  Program 2 Community Watershed Monitoring Network  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background Provincial Observation Well Network Expansion  Overview  Methodology www.dwwp.ca  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who • • • • Measurements Temperature Turbidity Dissolved Oxygen Specific Conductance
  12. PRESENTATION 1. DWWP update  Program 1  Program 2  Program 3 DWWP update: Program 3 Land Use Planning & Development Agricultural Water Demand Model  Program 4  Program 5  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who Agriculture Land Reserve Yellow Point Development Permit Area
  13. PRESENTATION DWWP update: Program 4 1. DWWP update  Program 1  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who Watershed Management Planning
  14. PRESENTATION DWWP update: Program 5 1. DWWP update  Program 1 Water Use Management  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who Water Conservation Plan Toilet Replacement Rebate Water Purveyor Working Group Water Use Reporting Centre Rainwater Harvesting Incentive & Guidebook
  15. PRESENTATION DWWP update: Program 5 1. DWWP update  Program 1 Water Use Management  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5 Rainwater Harvesting Incentive & Guidebook  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who Storing winter/spring rainwater for summer usage takes pressure off aquifers & municipal supplies
  16. DWWP update: Program 6 PRESENTATION Water Quality Management 1. DWWP update  Program 1  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview 2011 Volunteer Well Water Quality Survey  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion  What & Why Rural Water Quality Stewardship Program  How & Who No. Rebate Item 1 Well Cap 2 Surface Seal 3 Well Casing Stick-up 4 Well deactivation 5 Water Quality Testing 3. Watershed Management
  17. PRESENTATION DWWP update: Program 7 1. DWWP update Adapting to Climate Change  Program 1  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview • Sustainability -  Methodology ensure sustainable aquatic ecosystems with intact riparian vegetation and adequate instream flows.  Findings  Conclusion • Adaptability - 3. Watershed Management find ways to do more in-season management of water that is based on real time data.  What & Why  How & Who • Collaboration - • Efficiency - public processes at the watershed level that develop information and inform decision-making in a public way conservation of water and more efficient use
  18. 2. Water Budget Study
  19. PRESENTATION Water Budget Study 1. DWWP update  Program 1  Program 2 7 Water Regions within the RDN:  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5 Vancouver Island: WR1- 6  Program 6  Program 7 WR1 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings WR2 Gulf Islands: WR7 WR3 WR4 WR5  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who WR6 WR7
  20. PRESENTATION 1. DWWP update  Program 1 Water Budget Study • Gabriola, Mudge, & Decourcey Water Budget Project Report  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5  Program 6 Prepared by:  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings • Vancouver Island Water Budget Project Report  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who Prepared by:
  21. PRESENTATION Water Budget Study: Background 1. DWWP update  Program 1  Program 2  Program 3 Project Goal To improve understanding of regional water resources by:  Program 4 • Identifying water stores  Program 5 • Estimating how much water they hold  Program 6 • Characterizing how water moves between the stores  Program 7 2. Water Budget • Identifying water stores under stress  Background  Overview  Methodology Justification  Findings The Water Budget Project was specifically developed to…..  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who  Meet the goal of the DWWP program: [to ensure that we have a sufficient, safe and sustainable supply of water]  Address the direction of the 2010 Snapshot Report: [to ensure sufficient clean water for human, environmental, and economic needs]
  22. PRESENTATION 1. DWWP update  Program 1  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who Water Budget Study: Project overview
  23. PRESENTATION Water Budget Study: methodology 1. DWWP update  Program 1  Program 2 1. Desk study: • resource mapping • Data compilation 2. Data collection: • Water level monitoring • Pump tests • Geological logging  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background Conceptual model development  Overview  Methodology  Findings 3. • Based on physical characteristics • Current scientific understanding  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who Water budget calculation 4. = Supply – Demand (Recharge) (Abstraction) Stress assessment 5. Supply • Low Stress • Moderate Stress • High Stress Demand <50% >50% >100%
  24. PRESENTATION 1. DWWP update  Program 1  Program 2  Program 3 Water Budget Study: methodology Conceptual model development Example…..  Program 4 Groundwater flow  Program 5  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget 1.  Background  Overview  Methodology Water in rock fractures  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why Saturated zone  How & Who 2. Water between grains Photo Credit: Natural Resources Canada
  25. PRESENTATION Water Budget: Gab conceptual model development 1. DWWP update  Program 1  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5 Geological Logging • Thickness of strata • Hydraulic characteristics  Program 6 Fractures: low porosity, high Ks  Program 7 Matrix: high porosity/low Ks 2. Water Budget  Background • Orientation of fractures  Overview  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who Thick layer, visible cliff tops  Visible cliff bottoms  Thick layer, lower elevations  Visible along shores /sea bed Deep below Gabriola  Visible on Mudge
  26. Cross Section
  27. PRESENTATION 1. DWWP update  Program 1  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who Water Budget: VI Conceptual model development
  28. Water Level Contour Map
  29. PRESENTATION Water Budget Study 1. DWWP update  Program 1  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4 Water Budget Calculations Accounting…..  Program 5  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview for water…..  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who (rainfall) (evaporation)
  30. PRESENTATION 1. DWWP update  Program 1 Water Budget Study Stress Assessment Calculation  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management Input: Supply Output: Demand  What & Why  How & Who Recharge STRESS LEVEL LOW: <50% MOD: >50% HIGH: >100% Residential Commercial Agricultural
  31. PRESENTATION 1. DWWP update  Program 1 Water Budget Study Stress Assessment Calculation  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5 Input:  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings Recharge 10% of rainfall –lower limit 25% of rainfall –upper limit  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who Recharge is highly spatially variable and dependent on: • Rainfall • Soil type & soil zone thickness • Rock type
  32. PRESENTATION 1. DWWP update  Program 1 Water Budget Study Stress Assessment Calculation  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5  Program 6 Output:  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who Residential Demand • survey respondents (10.8%) Commercial Demand • Survey respondents • Daily max industrial water demands Agricultural Demand • Survey respondents • Max licensed allocation (farm type)
  33. Water Budget Study Type of Water Use
  34. Seasonal Water Use Residential Water Use Type
  35. PRESENTATION Findings: Water Stress Assessment 1. DWWP update  Program 1  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5 10% recharge scenario: lower limit 4 deficit regions July - Aug Sands, West Degnen Bay, False Narrows & Mudge  Program 6 1 deficit region Apr - Sept  Program 7 North Degnen Bay 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 25% recharge scenario: upper limit 1 deficit region Jun - Aug North Degnen Bay 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who demand > supply
  36. Water Deficit: Demand > Recharge
  37. STRESS LEVEL LOW: <50% MOD: >50% HIGH: >100% Residential 37% increase Commercial increase Agricultural increase
  38. How reliable are the stress assessments? Example: North Degnen Bay • Assumes ~85% of water use in North Degnen is agricultural • High agricultural demand April-Sept (irrigation period) • Agricultural demand values assume maximum licensed volume of water across the entire irrigation period • Low total demand/km2 compared to other sub-regions • % recharge assumed uniform year round North Degnen Bay
  39. Water Budget Study: Conclusion Author recommendations:  Improved estimates of hydraulic parameters (pump tests)  Increased water level monitoring (Mudge & DeCourcy)  Monitoring of rainfall and water level rise  Increased monitoring of coastal wells for Saline intrusion  Water budget calculation parameters need improved accuracy (survey #s, commercial & agricultural use is unknown, surface water!)
  40. PRESENTATION 1. DWWP update  Program 1  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5 Findings: data gaps Study recommendations: 1. Mandatory well log submission 2. Standardization of aquifer testing  Program 6  Program 7 3. Increase well observation network 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who 4. Reactivation of stream gauging (WSC) 5. Increase saline intrusion monitoring 6. Improve Water Budget calculation parameters
  41. PRESENTATION Conclusion 1. DWWP update  Program 1  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5  Program 6 The Phase One Water Budgets provide the most comprehensive collation of information on the region's water resources that has been made available to date  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who • Results are purely conceptual and not intended for water management decision making or policy development • Large degree of uncertainty due to lack of data • Highlights data gaps and need for increased monitoring • Stepping stone for the future!
  42. For more details and to download the complete reports VISIT: www.rdnwaterbudget.ca Report Download
  43. 3. Integrated Watershed Management Planning
  44. PRESENTATION Integrated Watershed Management Planning 1. DWWP update  Program 1  Program 2 WHAT is a Integrated Watershed Management Plan?  Program 3  Program 4  Program 5 Phase Two & Three Phase One  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who Phase Three It considers all human and environmental aspects of a watershed
  45. Integrated Watershed Management Planning PRESENTATION 1. DWWP update  Program 1  Program 2  Program 3 WHY is it needed? • Land use activities such as forestry, mining, agriculture, urbanization, fisheries and recreation all impact water resources • Water resource problems are reaching global proportions; how we manage our water and how our neighbors manage theirs has an impact on all of us • There is a wide variety of processes that affect the hydrological cycle; only managing one aspect is mismanagement. A holistic approach is the only way forward  Program 4  Program 5  Program 6  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who
  46. PRESENTATION Integrated Watershed Management Planning 1. DWWP update  Program 1 HOW? What does a planning framework include?  Program 2  Program 3  Program 4 1. Identification of river basin areas (water regions)  Program 5  Program 6 2. Identification of water resources (surface and ground water)  Program 7 2. Water Budget 3. Identification of measurement parameters (chemical/ecological/social)  Background  Overview 4. Identification of protected areas (forests, parks, fisheries)  Methodology  Findings 5. Assess current state (i.e. poor, good, high)  WHAT  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who 6. Reasons for not achieving good status  WHY 7. Action plan to achieve good status/improve  HOW
  47. PRESENTATION Integrated Watershed Management Planning 1. DWWP update  Program 1 WHO?  Program 2  Program 3 Residents  Program 4  Program 5 Industry  Program 6 Stewardship groups  Program 7 2. Water Budget  Background  Overview  Methodology  Findings  Conclusion 3. Watershed Management  What & Why  How & Who Scientists Conservation groups Government A key component to the success of these plans is public input…you live in the watershed! You know it best
  48. Integrated Watershed Management Planning Where do we go from here? In your opinion: • what are the priority watershed issues? • who is responsible for watershed management? • what do you think the DWWP program should focus on?
  49. Thank You!

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