This is the guiding document that embodies the vision of and use and development in the City of Nanaimo for the present and future - with goals such as: Managing Urban Growth, Protecting the Environment, Improving Mobility and Servicing and Building Complete Communities.
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.
Water purveyors 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).
Chase River to Nanoose - Water Allocation Plan (1994)
Located in bedrock aquifer 213, this private well is part of a small network of volunteer monitoring wells, overseen by the RDN DWWP program to fill gaps in the BC Observation Well Network. Groundwater levels are measured to observe trends over time.
On Feb. 22, 2016 the Irrigation Industry Association of BC is hosting training course for irrigation contractors to learn about the installation and maintenance of efficient irrigation systems. For professionals and companies that operate in the Regional District of Nanaimo and/or member municipalities, a $100 subsidy is available.
Team WaterSmart presents: Water Day 2016 in Nanaimo!
Sunday, March 20th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Bowen Park Complex.
This family-friendly event has something for everyone - workshops, speakers, interactive display booths, kids activities, live music and food concession - in a day all about our most precious resource: water!
This subsection of Water Region 5 covers the area between Lantzville and South Wellington, including the City of Nanaimo. The primary watersheds in this region are the Millstone River watershed and the Chase River watershed. The highest point in this water region is Mt Benson. There are many smaller watersheds, that are in urban/ sub-urban areas, such as Knarston Creek, Departure Creek, Cat Stream and Northfield Creek. This water region includes Electoral Area C, the District of Lantzville and the City of Nanaimo.
Base LayerLand UseWater SupplyAquifersStreams & WaterbodiesFirst Nations SignificanceCommunity Programs
This water region is predominantly urban, comprising the land base of two municipalities: the City of Nanaimo and the District of Lantzville. Each has an Official Community Plan (OCP) that governs land use decision-making:
There is significant spread of farm-related land uses in the middle of this water region. The RDN has an Agriculture Area Plan that contains a regional strategy for sustainable farming and related land uses.
Electoral Area "C" is the land base in the upper watershed, comprising rural communities like Benson Meadows, East Wellington, Pleasant Valley and Extension. A small portion of Electoral Area "A" overlaps the southern part of this water region in South Wellington. The Official Community Plans for these Electoral Areas governs land use and community development:
Most people in this Water Region live in the City of Nanaimo , and they get their drinking water supply from the upper Nanaimo River watershed - from the South Fork dam and Jump Lake dam. District of Lantzville residents in lower Lantzville are supplied groundwater from the district's community wells.
Outside of City limits, electoral area residents supply their own water from private wells (indicated by the pink dots on the map). Upper Lantzville residents are also on private wells. The RDN wellSMART program provides information on private wells.
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 211, 213 (bedrock) and aquifers 167, 215 (sand and gravel).
This water region includes the Millstone River and Chase River, as well as some rural creeks: Benson Creek, Beck Creek, McGarrigle Creek.
Brannen Lake is the headwaters of the Millstone River, and Westwood Lake also drains into the Millstone. Mount Benson is the highest elevation in this water region. There are several other smaller lakes in this water region, including Green Lake, Long Lake and Diver Lake. The most notable wetland is Buttertubs Marsh .
There are also several urban streams in this water region, as it comprises the City of Nanaimo: Departure Creek, Cottle Creek , Northfield Creek, Cat Stream, Knarston Creek (in Lantzville). All of these waterways drain into the Salish Sea at the Strait of Georgia. In a City, when rain falls, it hits the pavement and is quickly rushed into the nearest storm drain. Along the way, it picks up harmful chemicals such as oil from cars, rubber from tires, and even garbage.In the City, it is particularly important that we take care to limit paved surfaces on our properties where possible, and remember that anything we put down a storm drain ends up in a river.
The RDN Phase 1 Water Budget Study (2013) looked at supply and demand on surface water resources in Water Region 5, based on available data.
First Nations Significance
This water region is within the traditional territories of the Snaw-naw-as or Nanoose First Nation and the Snuneymuxw 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.