This Official Community Plan covers Nanoose, Fairwinds and Red Gap. It outlines the broad policies and objectives that guide development in this area. The priority values include: protection of the natural environment, defined village centres, diversity of land uses, facilities and servicing and citizen involvement.
Integrated Stormwater Management Plan - Lakes District and Schooner Cove
The ISMP addresses the neighbourhood plan policies concerning the protection of water quality and stormwater management for new development in Lakes District and Schooner Cove. The ISMP will be used to inform the detailed design of stormwater infrastructure at the subdivision stage and the establishment of a Regional District of Nanaimo service area for drainage. The ISMP will also provide a baseline to inform ongoing water quality monitoring and protection initiatives in the Enos Lake basin.
Englishman River Water Service - New Intake & Treatment Plant
The Englishman River Water Service (ERWS) is working to expand the joint venture (Parksville and RDN-Nanoose) drinking water supply system with a new surface water intake and water treatment plant along the Englishman River and water main upgrades and installation of new water supply lines.
This is required to ensure that an adequate volume of bulk water can be provided, year round, and that the water meets today's standards for good quality drinking water.
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).
To better understand water in Area E, the RDN is working to collect more data and better information on local groundwater and surface water. Long-term monitoring of wells and streams will enable trends to be observed and management practices to be based on the state of the water resource.
This is the beginning of a Phase 2 follow up to the preliminary water budget assessment for the region that was completed in 2013. This area was ranked as a priority for more monitoring to enable more refined water budget calculations to assist in informing water management in the area.
Chase River to Nanoose - Water Allocation Plan (1994)
Located in Nanoose off Ballenas Drive, in surficial sand and gravel aquifer 219. This observation well was established in 2012 as part of the DWWP supported BC Observation Network expansion in our region, to monitor groundwater levels in a developed aquifer.
Located in Nanoose on Northwest Bay Road, in surficial sand and gravel aquifer 219. Established in 2012 as part of the DWWP supported BC Observation Network expansion in our region, to monitor groundwater levels in a developed aquifer.
Located near on Dawson Road, off the west side of the Island Highway, this well is located in an unmapped aquifer in Nanoose. Established in 2011, as a part of the DWWP supported BC Observation Well Network expansion to monitor groundwater levels.
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.
Part of the RDN Community Watershed Monitoring Network, monitored by the Lantzville-Nanoose Streamkeepers.
Tselkwosem - Northwest Bay
Hul'qami'num:Tselkwosem (facing the island)
Snaw Naw As - Nanoose
Nanoose comes from the word Snaw Naw As. The original village site was on the opposite shore and a little inside from where the reserve sits now.
Hul'qami'num: Snaw Naw As (inside the bay or facing inside)
K'ik'elexen - Nanoose Creek
Hul'qami'num: K'ik'elexen (little fish weir)
Shxwketsnuts - Amelia Island
Hul'qami'num: Shxwk'etsnuts (Loosely translates to "two bums")
Xwthoolth - Maude Island
This subsection of Water Region 5 covers the Nanoose area. The forested headlands are drained by small creeks such as Bonnell and Nanoose Creeks. The water for residents in this region comes from groundwater sources - the bedrock and sand & gravel aquifers that underlie this area.
It includes RDN Electoral Area E, which is primarily rural residential and suburban.
The land base of Electoral Area 'E' is covered in this water region, which has an Official Community Plan - Area E - OCP - to guide development.
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. Many residents supply their own water from private wells (indicated by the pink dots on the map).
The RDN wellSMART program provides information on private wells.
There are also several 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, bedrock aquifers are an important source of drinking water. The type of rock is known as the "Nanaimo Group", which is about six kilometers thick of compacted mud and stone layers with fractures that can hold water. Many of these fractures cannot hold a lot of water and take time to recharge or "refill" when water is extracted.
(#396) off Ballenas Road monitors water levels in surficial sand & gravel aquifer 219.
(#393) on Dawson Road monitors water levels in an unmapped surficial aquifer on the west side of the island highway.
(#397) off Northwest Bay Road monitors water levels in surficial aquifer 219.
(#394) on Nuttal Drive monitors water levels in bedrock aquifer 218.
(#395) on River's Edge Drive monitors water levels in the sand & gravel aquifer 219.
(#340) in Lantzville on Valmar Road, monitors water levels in surficial sand and gravel aquifer 215.
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 smaller watersheds of Craig Creek (drains into the Salish Sea south of the Englishman River in Parksville); Nanoose Creek and Bonnel Creek (which both drain into Nanoose Bay). There are three notable lakes in this water region: Boomerang Lake in the upper Bonnel watershed; Enos and Dolphin lakes on the Nanoose Peninsula.
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. 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.