2016-2020: Wetland Mapping and MonitoringThis is a multi-year research partnership on the region's wetlands. Overall there is the need for more information on wetlands in our region: where they are, how they are classified and evaluated and what connection they have to groundwater recharge. This is important data that is linked to land use planning in our region. If we have a good inventory of where the wetlands are, and if we can quantify their role in conveying and cleaning water for our communities that are primarily reliant on groundwater, and for our streams that benefit from groundwater contributions to base-flow, then subsequently regional land planning can be directed in such a way as to protect these key features.
The RDN is engaging Vancouver Island University’s academic expertise in the fields of GIS, Geography, Hydrology, Biology, and Community Planning to contribute to this project. It is also going to actively involve the Mt. Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute out of VIU.
For more information, see the project webpage at getinvolved.rdn.ca/rdn-wetland-mapping
2014: Comparison of DRASTIC and DRASTIC-Fm methodologies for evaluation of intrinsic susceptibility of coastal bedrock aquifersThis project compares the results of two different aquifer vulnerability assessment methods: 1) DRASTIC1 and 2) DRASTIC-Fm2. Vulnerability assessment methods have been used to map the intrinsic susceptibility of aquifers to contaminants introduced at the land surface. Both the DRASTIC and DRASTIC-Fm methodologies have been employed in an overlapping area within the Gulf Islands region of the Regional District of Nanaimo which enables a comparison of the two methodologies within this geographical setting. Project partners include the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO), Vancouver Island University (VIU), Simon Fraser University and the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN). [The paper is now complete and available here]
2008-2010: RDN Area-A Groundwater StudyThis project developed a water budget for Area-A of the Regional District of Nanaimo to assess the concept of sustainability with regard to water resources. A major outcome was the development of a groundwater management strategy and BMPs to guide land-use decisions. Project partners include Dr. Alan Gilchrist from Vancouver Island University, Dr. Gilles Wendling from GW Solutions Inc., and the Regional District of Nanaimo.
Area A Report (3MB)
2006-2010: Vancouver Island Water Resources Vulnerability Mapping ProjectThis initiative has developed a series of maps to characterize intrinsic groundwater vulnerability on Vancouver Island. The project was completed in 2010. The maps are now being used as a tool to assist water-centric planning by Regional Districts on Vancouver Island. Project Partners include Dr. Alan Gilchrist from Vancouver Island University, the Geological Society of Canada and the Regional District of Nanaimo.