RDN looking for public feedback on proposed rainwater management strategy

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The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is hoping for some feedback on its proposed Regional Strategy for Rainwater Management. 

Residents can provide feedback via a survey open until the end of January, submit questions online and register for a virtual open house on Jan. 25.

The strategy is focused on the management of rain to protect the health of watersheds in the region and maintenance of a natural water balance, according to a media release from the RDN. Components include rainwater harvesting, minimizing paved or impermeable surfaces, protecting water quality, mitigating flooding and enhancing climate resilience. 

“Although often referred to as stormwater management, rainwater management is more broadly focused on managing all rain events, not just storms. Effective rainwater management considers actions and outcomes at multiple scales, including at the watershed, community and site levels,” reads the release. 

The strategy is a regulatory commitment under the RDN’s provincially mandated Liquid Waste Management Plan. The RDN’s Drinking Water and Watershed Protection program provides the structure to implement the strategy. 

The virtual open house will run from 4–7 p.m. via Zoom on Jan. 25. RDN staff and guest speakers will present materials and lead discussions the public can participate in. The session will be drop-in style with a presentation at 4 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. Discussions will follow each presentation. 

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