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Thank you for celebrating the many values of water with us! Team WaterSmart would like to send our appreciation out to all the attendees, event partners, expert presenters, community organizations and volunteers that made these two events a success. Looking forward to celebrating Canada Water Week in 2017 with you!


Celebrate Canada Water Week With Us! Team WaterSmart is hosting two free community events with speakers, workshops, interactive booths, displays, children’s activities and live music all honuoring our precious resource – water!

Both events start at 10:00am, finish at 5:00pm and will include the following workshops and speakers. Please pre-register for workshops by calling 250-756-5200 for Nanaimo workshops and 250-248-3252 for Qualicum workshops. For a schedule of the Nanaimo Water Day click here, for a schedule of Qualicum Beach Water Day click here.


Your Community’s Water
Ever wonder where your water comes from and how it’s managed? Learn all about your community’s water, from source to tap and beyond – including what we know, where the data gaps are and current research. Hosted by Julie Pisani, Regional District of Nanaimo's Drinking Water & Watershed Protection Coordinator.
10:15am – 11:00am

Life in Your Watershed
Come learn what creatures you share your watershed with, the habitat they need to survive and why diversity is essential for a healthy environment. The Nanaimo watershed supports many different species as well as providing recreational and economic opportunities for the local community. Join Molly Hudson, Resource Specialist with TimberWest to hear how forest companies manage their operations to protect important habitat and conserve biodiversity. You will learn about the many species in the watershed, their importance to healthy ecosystems, and how forest companies work with biologists, government and stewardship organizations to ensure a balanced and diverse ecosystem.
11:45am – 12:30pm
Life in Your Watershed - The Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere
Come learn about how the connection between water systems affects humans and nature in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region. This presentation will take you on a visual journey from the peak of Mount Arrowsmith, along the rivers and streams that form the region's vital watersheds, and out into the Salish Sea. As you venture from snow to salt water, you will learn about some of the projects being led by the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute and other community organizations, and discover how each water system connects to the health of plants, animals, and humans.
11:45am - 12:30pm Streamside Native Plants ID Walk – Nanaimo Only
A walk in Bowen Park with Heather Klassen, Research Ecologist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, that explores what native plants thrive along the Millstone River. Learn how to identify them and which ones to use in your backyard. Native plant corridors in your landscape will save water, protect water quality, create habitat, decrease maintenance and look lovely. Wear boots for muddy walking!
12:30pm – 1:30pm Efficient Irrigation
Do you have an in-ground irrigation system? There may be leaks, clogs and inefficient nozzles that are wasting water and costing you money! Learn how to get your system ready for the summer: ensure it delivers water effectively, schedule it efficiently and utilize water-saving hardware for a water smart system. This workshop is co-hosted by Kevin Luterbach, owner of Iritex Pumps & Irrigation and the RDN's Team WaterSmart.
12:30pm – 1:30pm Rainwater Harvesting
Come and discover how you can put rainwater to use, whether for irrigating your garden, flushing your toilets or creating a rain garden! Learn from Jamie Wallace of Rain Drop Harvesting and JAAN Designs, the ins and outs of harvesting the rainwater that falls on your property, including system components, design options and best practices.
1:30pm – 2:30pm Lawn Alternatives
Water use doubles in the summer, often as people try to keep up with thirsty landscaping. Discover from Amy Robson of Nature's Choice Landscaping, ways to adopt edible and native plants, beautiful rock gardens, and surfaces that protect and recharge groundwater into your gardening plan. Have your yard look vibrant without chemicals or excess water.
2:30pm – 3:30pm Water Wise Veggie Gardening
Convert yard space to food production – learn how to get started growing fruits and vegetables year-round to improve your self-sufficiency and nutrition, even in drought conditions. Topics include planning for all year food production, pesticide free gardening, soil enrichment and a healthy ‘Soil Food Web’.
3:30pm –4:30pm

Workshop Registration

Please pre-register for workshops by calling 250-756-5200 for Nanaimo workshops and 250-248-3252 for Qualicum workshops.

Thank you to Water Day event partners

Water Day 2016 was hosted by Team WaterSmart in partnership with the City of Nanaimo, Town of Qualicum Beach, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute, Regional District of Nanaimo Recreation & Parks, Island Radio (the Beach 88.5 and the Wave 102.3), Radio Malaspina CHLY 101.7 and Canada Water Week.

Community Organizations and Businesses that participated in 2016 Water Day events include: Andrew Sheret Limited, Arrowsmith Watersheds Coalition Society, Awareness of Climate Change through Education & Research (ACER), Bocca Café, Building Learning Together, Central Island Salmon Society, City of Nanaimo Parks, Recreation & Environment, City of Nanaimo Water Services, Dan Nordin Artist's Gallery, Friends of French Creek Conservation Society, Galloping Gourmet, Iritex Pumps & Irrigation Inc., Island Timberlands LP, Island Waters Fly Fishers, Leaders in Training, Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute, NALT Native Plant Nursery, Nanaimo & Area Land Trust, Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society, Nora Muttart Fine Art, Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC, Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers Society, Regional District of Nanaimo Recreation & Parks, Regional District of Nanaimo's Regional & Community Utilities, Society of Organized Services, Thunder's Truck, Timberwest Forestry Corp., Town of Qualicum Beach, Van Isle Art, Vancouver Island University Fisheries & Aquaculture and Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition, with live music by Kumbana Marimba and West My Friend.

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