Monitoring the Englishman River

Water Region 4 – Englishman River

Water Region #4 - Englishman River

Water Region 4 – Englishman River

The Englishman River water region (WR4-ER) is defined as the area extending from Parksville along the coast to the top of the Englishman River and South Englishman River catchment in the southwest.

  • Second largest  water region, area is approximately 322 km2.
  • The largest watersheds are associated with the Englishman and the South Englishman Rivers.
  • One hydrometric station, two climate stations, and approximately 52 surface water diversion licenses exist within the region.
  • 245 wells*

Issues identified in WR4 as part of Watershed Snapshot 2010

Englishman River Water Service (ERWS) will obtain water in the future from the Englishman River for distribution outside of the water region (Nanoose area). The City of Parksville will also be an ERWS water recipient.

Numerous studies have been completed in this water region in relation to the ERWS activities, the City of Parksville well fields and regional aquifer mapping and characterization as indicated below.

Total Water Region Area:
322 km2 – includes areas that drain directly to the ocean and are not part of a Major Watershed. The Englishman River drainage area includes drainage area of tributaries (Morrison Creek and South Englishman River).

Drainage Area of  Major Watersheds:
Drainage Areas are based on 1:50,000 BC Watershed Atlas.

  • Englishman River (to the mouth including tributaries) 316 km2
  • Morison Creek (tributary to Englishman River) 38.1 km2
  • South Englishman River (tributary to Englishman River) 100 km2

Wells and Surface Water Diversion Points:

  • Number of Water Wells listed in MOE database: 245
  • Surface water diversion licenses: 52

* More about groundwater extraction in Englishman River water region:
According to the MOE Wells Database (BCGOV ENV Water Protection and Sustainability Branch, 2012) WR4-ER has the 2nd lowest number of water wells (245 wells) of the six water regions in the RDN.

The MOE database likely only represents a fraction of the actual wells currently in use. Many well records may not have been entered into the database and some wells may simply not be in use or have been abandoned. As there is no mandatory requirement for submitting well logs or well abandonment records, it is not possible to determine the groundwater demand from private wells with any degree of certainty, nor is it possible to assess the vulnerability that may exist with improperly abandoned or standing water wells.

Download Water Budget for WR4 – Englishman River

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