This Official Community Plan (OCP) covers the rural communities of South Wellington, Cassidy, Cedar and Yellow Point. It outlines a comprehensive set of policies and guidelines for managing existing and future uses of land, in a manner that preserves the natural amenities and rural character.
This Official Community Plan (OCP) covers the rural communities of East Wellington, Pleasant Valley, Benson Meadows, Nanaimo Lakes, Extension. It outlines a comprehensive set of policies and guidelines for managing existing and future uses of land, in a manner that preserves the natural amenities and rural character
A new water treatment plant is being built to serve the City of Nanaimo water system, that gets its water supply from the south fork of the Nanaimo River, in order to provide high level filtration as required by Island Health.
Water purveyors (RDN and North Cedar Improvement District) in this region use the BC Water Use Reporting Centre, a secure online tool, to track, record and report on water use. This project is a partnership between the RDN, the Province and the Okanagan Basin Water Board (who have helped develop this tool).
Located in South Wellington, at South Wellington Road, this Provincially operated observation well was established to monitor groundwater levels in 2013, through a partnership with the RDN DWWP program. It is located in bedrock aquifer 165.
Located in Cedar, at Holden-Corso Road, this Provincially operated observation well was established to monitor groudnwater levelsin 2011, through a partnership with the RDN DWWP program. It is located in bedrock aquifer 162.
Located in Yellow Point at Quennell Road, this Provincially operated observation well was established to monitor groundwater levels in 2013, through a partnership with the RDN DWWP program. It is located in bedrock aquifer 162.
A report done using the Urban Salmon Habitat Program methodology, to develop a better understanding of environmental impacts and to assist in developing a restoration and protection plan for the fish habitat in this tributary to the Nanaimo River.
The Nanaimo River estuary, the largest estuary on Vancouver Island,
has rich resources that include salmon, shellfish, intertidal vegetation
and significant bird populations. The estuary is also the site of human
activities including cultural, traditional, industrial, residential, agricultural
and recreational uses that benefit the community as a whole.
Report - State of our Streams - Nanaimo River and Haslam Creek (2015)
Join us for a FREE workshop on well maintenance, operation and protection, at the Cedar Heritage Centre 1644 MacMillan Rd from 1:30-3:30 PM.
Water test bottles will be available at the workshop, and there will be an opportunity to drop off your well water sample at the same location, afterwards.
This subsection of Water Region 6, the Nanaimo River Water Region, covers the communities of Cassidy, South Wellington, Cedar and Yellow Point.
The Nanaimo River and Haslam Creek run through this area, but the main water supply for residents here is groundwater from the aquifers that underlie the area: sand and gravel aquifers in Cassidy and bedrock aquifers in Cedar-Yellow Point.
Base LayerLand UseWater SupplyAquifersStreams & WaterbodiesFirst Nations SignificanceCommunity Programs
In the lower Nanaimo River Water Region, there is farm-related land use, rural residential areas, the village centre of Cedar. This coastal lowland is the populated area, whereas the upper Nanaimo River Water Region is unpopulated forestry land.
The Regional District of Nanaimo Electoral Area that comprises the majority of lower Water Region 6 is Area "A", which has Area A -Official Community Plan (OCP) to guide development. There is also a small portion of Electoral Area "C" in the village of Extension that overlaps this area.
The RDN has an Agriculture Area Plan that contains a regional strategy for sustainable farming and related land uses.
Education and networking opportunities exist for smaller water system operators, such as mobile home parks, restaurants, campsites, gas stations etc. The Water Purveyor Working Group meets annually, click here for details.
Team WaterSmart has information on what you can do to conserve and protect our water supply.
In this water region, there are bedrock aquifers and sand and gravel aquifers that are the main source of drinking water in the areas outside the municipality of Nanaimo. Aquifers are underground areas that store water, either in bedrock fractures or in the pore space between sand and gravel. This includes provincially mapped aquifers 162, 164, 165, 168, 963, 964 (bedrock) and aquifers 160, 161, 163 (sand and gravel). See the BC Water Resource Atlas for a close-up map of these aquifers.
The lower part of Water Region 6 is home to smaller creeks that drain the lowland area near the coast, such as Beck Creek, Hemer Creek and Hokkanen Creek. The lower reaches of the dominant rivers in this system, the Nanaimo River and Haslam Creek pass through the Cedar - Yellow Point - Cassidy area.
These waterways are important for fish habitat and recreation.
The RDN Phase 1 Water Budget Study (2013) looked at supply and demand on surface water resources in Water Region 6, based on available data.
First Nations Significance
This water region is within the traditional territories of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and the Stz'uminus First Nation . This area is rich with cultural significance and the waters and lands are closely connected with First Nations peoples and their ancestors.
There were six Salish languages (Hul'qami'num, Snuneymuxqun, Sqo'mish, she shashishalhem, Tla'amin, Comox, and Pentlatch) spoken traditionally in the RDN. In addition, Nuu chah Nulth, Kwakwala, and Sencothen languages would also bump up against the boundaries of the district. And Chinook was also used as a trading language.
Each piece of land is known by different families, communities, First Nations, dialects and languages by similar and dissimilar names. The land belongs to the name. The name does not belong to the land. In this way, there is more than one "Qualicum", for example: one near Port Renfrew and one also near Bellingham.
We have recorded here (in partnership with School District 69) as many names as we have been able to find. We recognize that more names are out there, and we are always happy to include them if you are open to sharing with us. Email: creid [at] sd69.bc.ca
Traditional ecological knowledge is vital to understanding our watersheds and their health.
Rebate programs are available for residents across the region to conserve and protect water. Currently being offered are:
The RDN's Team WaterSmart offers education and outreach programs across the region. They provide activities and resources on water conservation indoors and outdoors, water quality protection, and ecological values.