- The DWWP seems to be quite diverse in terms of the number of programs and how they all link together. I think the services need to be better advertised though.
- The rebate programs are good incentives and the free workshops make learning better practices very accessible. Looking forward to the spring workshops on drought tolerant gardening and rainwater harvesting.
All of the DWWP program actions are linked through the Program Action Plan – see below – which divides activities into seven areas. Program activities are often highlighted in the various annual and quarterly RDN Newsletters and Publications –you can also keep up-to-date by checking into our website. Workshop information can be found at www.teamwatersmart.ca, all DWWP Program details reside at www.dwwp.ca and for rebates and incentives visit www.rdnrebates.ca.
- We don’t appear to be able to protect our watersheds from logging and development. Is there an authority responsible for compliance issues?
The Provincial Government is the legislative and regulatory authority for water in British Columbia; Regional Districts can identify and develop responses to local water issues by promoting voluntary actions, working together with the Province and the many watershed stakeholders.
- We are moving forward. Program emphasis on data collection for decision making.
- I support public awareness programs. Local government and communities should lead the way to the development of watershed management plans.
- Too much research with too little watershed protection.
In order to facilitate changes and make beneficial decisions to protect our watersheds we need to have data confirmed by research and monitoring. Program actions have so far mostly focused on education and monitoring which has paved the way to our next program focus –Integrated Watershed Management Planning.
- Thrilled with work done to date, please continue on your path. Very sad that regulating well drilling and development is not part of your mandate. Strongly support the creation of the Yellow Point Aquifer Protection Development Permit Area imposing mandatory rainwater collection for new dwellings in Cedar.
The Yellow Point Aquifer Protection Development Permit Area (DPA) was created due to the concern of Yellow Point residents that depend on that aquifer for their drinking water. Residents supported an adaption to their Official Community Plan to include a DPA to require rainwater collection for new dwellings. This DPA was implemented in 2011.
- Glad to have attended this session – will make the Water Budget Report easier to read and understand.
Read the Water Budget reports online (on this website). Check out the ‘Water 101’ drop down menu tab for background information and learning materials.