In this Water Region, the Area H Official Community Plan (OCP) covers the community near Spider Lake. The OCP provides a comprehensive set of guidelines and policies for managing existing and future uses of land,coastal areas and the surface of the water within the Plan Area. Its objectives and policies reflect the local community values and the regulations of the local, provincial, and federal government.
In this Water Region, the Area G Official Community Plan (OCP) covers the community Dashwood. It outlines the broad objectives and policies that represent the form and character of the existing and proposed land use in the area. Priorities include protecting the natural environment and green space, managing growth and protecting the area's rural integrity.
In this Water Region, the Area F Official Community Plan (OCP) covers the communities of Hilliers, Meadowood and Little Qualicum River Village. It outlines the broad objectives and policies that represent the form and character of the existing and proposed land use in the area. Priorities include protecting the natural environment and green space, managing growth and protecting the area's rural integrity.
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).
Report - Whiskey Creek Groundwater Supply Assessment - 2012
This site will monitor snowpack, precipitation and other weather related indicators at approximately 1300m on Mt Arrowsmith. Installation will take place in October 2015. This station is a part of the Provincial Snow Program network of monitoring stations, and was made possible thanks to the following partners:
Vancouver Island University
Ministry of Environment
Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Arrowsmith Water Service (RDN, City of Parksville, Town of Qualicum Beach)
This report by the Ministry of Environment presents a summary of the ambient water quality of the Little Qualicum River, and proposes water quality objectives designed to protect existing and future water uses.
The Little Qualicum Water Region flows north east from the highest point in the watershed at Labour Day Lake on Mt. Arrowsmith towards Cameron Lake and down the Little Qualicum River into the Strait of Georgia just NW of the Town of Qualicum Beach.
The total drainage area is approximately 251 sq. km.
It includes parts of RDN Electoral Areas F, G and H.
The RDN has an Agriculture Area Plan that contains a regional strategy for sustainable farming and related land uses.
The drinking water supply in this water region is predominantly groundwater coming from the area's aquifers. Most residents supply their own water from private wells (indicated by the pink dots on the map). See the BC Water Resources Atlas and toggle "Water Wells" to view all the wells withing the BC Wells Database.
The RDN wellSMART program provides information on private wells.
There are four small community water systems in this water region:
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, the aquifers are productive sand and gravel aquifers that include provincially mapped aquifers 661, 662, 663, 664, 217 and park of bedrock aquifer 220.
(#391) in Little Qualicum Village on Meadowood Way that monitors water levels in surfical aquifer 662
(#389) in Qualicum Beach that monitors water levels in surficial aquifer 664.
Further study on the aquifers in this region was accomplished through a partnership with Natural Resource Canada / Geological Survey of Canada who completed the Nanaimo Lowlands Aquifer Characterization project between 2010 - 2015. Three-dimensional modelling of the aquifers was done for the area between Deep Bay and Nanoose.
This water region includes the Little Qualicum River as well as the neighbouring smaller watersheds including Whiskey Creek and Kinkade Creek which all drain into the Salish Sea at the Strait of Georgia, at the boundary between Town of Qualicum Beach and Electoral Area G. The largest lake in this region is Cameron Lake.
The Little Qualicum River has been designated by the Ministry of Environment as a 'Sensitive Stream' that requires special management attention, under the Fisheries Protection Act, because of risk to fish populations due to inadequate water flows and other habitat concerns. This watershed is extremely important for many different species of fish, including a sizable run of steelhead and a sea-run cutthroat trout fishery. Rainbow and some brown trout are present, with chinook salmon runs in the fall .
The RDN Phase 1 Water Budget Study (2013) looked at supply and demand on surface water resources in Water Region 2, based on available data.
First Nations Significance
This water region is within the traditional territories of the Qualicum 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.