Photo by Melissa Partee
Photo by Melissa Partee

Blake Deal
The Navigator

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN); the Geological Survey of Canada; and the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, are bringing scientists, policy makers, and local experts together for Nanaimo Water Day.

Nanaimo Water Day will take place on Friday, March 21, and will host a free symposium at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

The event will take place all day, and features speakers from Natural Resources Canada; the Geological Survey of Canada; the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations; POLIS Water Project; the BC Ministry of Environment; and local scientific consulting firms.

“We are looking forward to providing in-depth information about the exciting work that is happening in our region that helps to improve our understanding of groundwater and surface water resources,” said RDN Chairperson Joe Stanhope. “From the Community Watershed Monitoring Program to the Nanaimo Lowlands Aquifer Characterization Study, we are working with other levels of government to strengthen our knowledge about our water so we can better preserve and protect this resource for the future.”

The goal for Nanaimo Water Day is to highlight the partnerships now in place in the RDN as a result of the region-wide Drinking Water and Watershed Program. The program is provided through the RDN, with municipalities and electoral areas working together to fund the service. The program assists the RDN in decision-making by collaborating with local community groups, government agencies, municipalities, and residents to learn more about regional drinking water.

The Nanaimo Water Day symposium runs from 8:45am to 5pm on March 21 at the Nanaimo Conference Centre. Pre-registration is not required. For more information about Nanaimo Water Day, visit or call (250) 390-6560.

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