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“Model My Watershed” – fun app to simulate water balance

Ever wonder how changes in land use affect the balance of how much water infiltrates the ground, how much runs off, and how much evaporates? With this handy interactive online app, see how changes in the amount of rainfall, the surfaces on which the rain falls and the texture of the soil change where the water goes.

Try it here: http://www.stroudcenter.org/mmw/mini/

Image from: wikiwatershed.org

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Decide how much rain will fall by using an easy to manipulate slide bar.  Then select the land-cover type where the rain will fall. Finally, pick a soil type – from sandy soils to clay loam. As the simulation runs, follow where the water flows…

It’s a generic model, but a good fundamental learning tool. For regions in the US they are taking this tool a step further by incorporating GIS / Google Maps data to apply  rainfall scenarios to exisiting land-cover and soil conditions. Then they use the “Modify my Watershed” modelling tool to to make changes to the underlying environmental conditions and model parameters, implement best management practices and calculate the impact of the changes from an economic, social, ecosystem and water quality perspective.

We think that is pretty cool!  – See more at: http://wikiwatershed.org/model.php#sthash.3TMH6rFt.dpuf

 

 

Watersheds 2014 – Towards Watershed Governance in BC

Later this January, the Cowichan Watershed will host a forum for water practitioners, watershed groups, First Nations and other decision-makers.

RDN staff will be attending to learn from a multitude of speakers and session-leaders with on-the-ground watershed expertise, to help us move forward with our integrated watershed management planning.

Some of the forum topics include:

Making the Grade: Watershed Report Cards & Indicators

This session will focus the influence and effectiveness of watershed report cards on watershed management, and look at how report card recommendations can be turned into on-the-ground action.

Connecting Water Science & Decision-Making

How can we identify the right science and information to inform policy and management? When is participation by individual citizens, stewardship groups, or government partnerships effective? Using Living Lake Canada’s experience in monitoring, mapping, and inventory for water and watershed needs, this workshop will focus on understanding the best principles to inform decision-making at all levels.

Learning Together to Address the Health & Well-Being Dynamics of Watershed Governance

This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about successful partnered initiatives—involving researchers, practitioners, watershed stewards, and decision-makers—that focus on watersheds as the setting for enhancing social and environmental determinants of health. We will also learn about tools, such as rich-picture mapping, digital storytelling, and spatially referenced archives, to inform how “unusual allies” can work together.

Legal Tools for Watershed Protection

This workshop will explore the different ways that local governments and communities can work towards watershed protection, with a focus on drinking water protection, water use planning, community planning, and infrastructure adaptation.

How Can We Plan for the Future in a Climate-Changed World?

This workshop will focus on planning for future impacts on water systems, including hydrologic models, economic analysis and trade-offs for watershed outputs, key audiences, and policy recommendations and topic areas.

Check out the event website at : http://watersheds2014.ca/

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Your Chance to Comment on the Proposed Water Sustainability Act

Last week, on October 18th, the Provincial Government of BC released a legislative proposal paper for a new Water Sustainability Act.  This has been a long time coming for a couple of reasons:Legislative Proposal - BC Water Sustainability Act Oct

  • This is the first time an update and review of the Provincial Water Act has been undertaken since the inception of the Act in 1909.
  • The initial review timeline indicated changes to legislation would be presented in late 2010.

Your final chance to comment is now! Feedback from the public received by Friday, November 15, 2013 will be reviewed and considered as the provincial government prepares a final version of the new legislation.

Info on the proposal, background on the Water Act Modernization and your venue to provide feedback are laid out at:  http://engage.gov.bc.ca/watersustainabilityact/ 

Topics to be included within the updated Water Sustainability Act are:

  1.  Protect stream health and aquatic environments
  2. Consider water in land use decisions
  3. Regulate and protect groundwater
  4. Regulate water use during times of scarcity
  5. Improve security, water use efficiency and conservation
  6. Measure and report large-scale water use
  7. Provide for a range of governance approaches

Public Info Session on Gabriola – Oct. 29

Come join us this October as we:

  • Update on DWWP program initiatives to date
  • Present the findings from the recent region-wide Water Budget study, reporting on the known state of our water resources
  • Discuss the development of an Integrated Watershed Management Framework for the RDN: we want your say!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Agi Hall – 465 South Road, Gabriola Island

This will be a casual and interactive session. Refreshments will be provided!

For more information, call 250 390 6560 or email watersmart@rdn.bc.ca
See www.dwwp.ca for details on the program

Mark your calendar for a date near you!

Public Info Session in Qualicum – Oct. 23

Come join us this October as we:

  • Update on DWWP program initiatives to date
  • Present the findings from the recent region-wide Water Budget study, reporting on the known state of our water resources
  • Discuss the development of an Integrated Watershed Management Framework for the RDN: we want your say!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Qualicum Beach Civic Centre – 747 Jones St., Qualicum Beach

This will be a casual and interactive session. Refreshments will be provided!

For more information, call 250 390 6560 or email watersmart@rdn.bc.ca
See www.dwwp.ca for details on the program

Mark your calendar for a date near you!

Public Info Session in Nanaimo – Oct. 17

Come join us this October as we:

  • Update on DWWP program initiatives to date
  • Present the findings from the recent region-wide Water Budget study, reporting on the known state of our water resources
  • Discuss the development of an Integrated Watershed Management Framework for the RDN: we want your say!

Thursday, October 17, 2013
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Beban Social Centre
– 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo

This will be a casual and interactive session. Refreshments will be provided!

For more information, call 250 390 6560 or email watersmart@rdn.bc.ca
See www.dwwp.ca for details on the program

Mark your calendar for a date near you!

Public Info Session in Parksville – Oct. 10

Come join us as we:

  • Update on DWWP program initiatives to date
  • Present the findings from the recent region-wide Water Budget study, reporting on the known state of our water resources
  • Discuss the development of an Integrated Watershed Management Framework for the RDN: we want your say!

Thursday, October 10, 2013
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Parksville Conference Centre – 132 Jensen Ave E, Parksville

This will be a casual and interactive session. Refreshments will be provided!

For more information, call 250 390 6560 or email watersmart@rdn.bc.ca
See www.dwwp.ca for details on the program.

Mark your calendar for a date near you!


Public Info Sessions

logo_dwwp_vFive years ago, RDN residents voted to establish a Drinking Water & Watershed Protection service…

Come join us this October as we:

  • Update on DWWP program initiatives to date
  • Present the findings from the recent region-wide Water Budget study, reporting on the known state of our water resources
  • Discuss the development of an Integrated Watershed Management Framework for the RDN: we want your say!

This will be a casual and interactive session. Refreshments will be provided!

For more information, call 250 390 6560 or email watersmart@rdn.bc.ca
See www.dwwp.ca for details on the program

Mark your calendar for a date near you!

  • Thursday, October 10, 2013
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Parksville Conference Centre – 132 Jensen Ave E, Parksville

  • Thursday, October 17, 2013
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Beban Social Centre
    – 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Qualicum Beach Civic Centre – 747 Jones St., Qualicum Beach

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2013
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Agi Hall – 465 South Road, Gabriola Island

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