“The City of Parksville is fortunate to have the funding support of the Green Municipal Fund,” said Parksville Mayor Chris Burger. “With this partnership, the City will be in a position to complete the review and update of our Official Community Plan, ensuring that our future planning is sustainable for our residents for many years to come,” stated Mayor Chris Burger.
City of Parksville Official Community Plan Review
Living Rivers and Partnership for Water Sustainability align efforts in Mid-Island Region to advance Living Water Smart provincial initiative
“Initially, Living Rivers and the Partnership will collaborate with local governments and others within the boundaries of the Nanaimo Regional District and Cowichan Valley Regional District to advance Convening for Action in the Mid-Island Region. Collaboration will enable us to advance a shared vision for settlement change in balance with natural ecosystems,” stated Alan Lill.
The proposed ‘water balance’ pilot study would evaluate the effects of development and climate change scenarios on surface and groundwater levels feeding Englishman River. Councillor Sue Powell moved that the offer be referred to staff for review and to obtain input from the Official Community Plan consultant and report back to Council.
City of Parksville's OCP can be a demonstration application for Living Water Smart, says Kim Stephens
“The OCP is high-level in creating a ‘vision and goals’ through a community consultation process. Therefore, a desired outcome from the Partnership’s perspective is that the OCP Review would simply incorporate appropriate language that connects the dots to Living Water Smart, British Columbia’s Water Plan,” states Kim Stephens.
City of Parksville supports collaborative effort to develop "Primer on Integrated Rainwater and Groundwater Management for Lands Adjacent to Englishman River"
“The City supports the joint research and information-sharing project related to the science of ‘living water smart’ on the Englishman River. However, since staff resources are very limited to participate with this initiative, a consensus was reached to link the project’s objectives with the new Official Community Plan,” wrote Blaine Russell.
Parksville OCP Advisory Committees introduced to the vision for the Vancouver Island Inter-Regional Education Initiative
“The City invited us to provide an overview on the topics of groundwater science, aquatic ecosystem health and the web-based Water Balance Model. This invitation opened the door to explaining the significance and relevance of the Inter-Regional Education Initiative, and how Parksville can benefit from participation,” states Craig Wightman.
“The vision for the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative is to enhance resilience to a changing climate and the anticipated, related impacts on water and aquatic ecosystems. Project activities have led to recommendations and actions for improved policies, practices and plans, as well as tools,” states Jim Vanderwaal.
Mid-Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society champions precedent-setting groundwater research in the Englishman River watershed
“Early in my involvement with Streamkeepers it became evident that the problems we were dealing with came about because decision-makers had not prioritized the needs of the environment before altering the land,” says Faye Smith.
Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia releases "Primer on Integrated Rainwater and Groundwater Management for Lands on Vancouver Island and Beyond"
“Actions and targets in Living Water Smart establish expectations as to how land will be developed and water will be used. Now, the Primer provides local governments with guidance for implementation of Living Water Smart principles on the ground,” reports Ted van der Gulik.
Look at Groundwater Differently: Vancouver Island Demonstration Project Establishes Water Balance Precedent
“Characterizing aquifers is a complex and costly exercise because you need wells in order to reach aquifers and to monitor the depth and fluctuation of the level of the water table. The approach that we took with the Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society in the Englishman River Watershed was to involve the community,” states Dr. Gilles Wendling.