CVRD Drinking Water and Watershed Protection (DWWP)
The Drinking Water and Watershed Protection (DWWP) Program is a regional service tasked with protecting the region’s water resources, with the goal of keeping our watersheds and aquifers healthy. This program recognizes that our personal wellbeing, our communities, and our water resources are all interconnected. We strive to protect and cultivate the linkages between human needs and the needs of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
The One Water One Region strategy sets out the goal, objectives, program areas, priority actions, and guiding principles for delivery of this program. Read on to learn key points about the strategy.
Healthy watersheds and aquifers.
Three Program Areas:
- Learn: Watershed Science and Information
- Act: Watercentric Planning
- Share and Collaborate: Watershed Stewardship and Outreach
Learn: Watershed Science and Information
In this Program Area, we will collect existing and new information, and analyze it to create new knowledge. We will create useful tools, analysis and supporting materials and products such as maps, reports and online information systems.
- Improve Climate and Water Monitoring Systems;
- Improve Data Management Systems;
- Characterize the Health of the Region's Watersheds and Identifying Risks;
- Risk Assessment;
- Develop Water Budgets and Other Supporting Information; and
- Stable, Long Term Monitoring and Reporting.
Act: Watercentric Planning
In this Program Area, we will use science and knowledge to inform policy, land use decisions, and operational activities that affect drinking water and watersheds.
- Developing Coordinated Policy Frameworks;
- Informing Planning and Decision Making; and
- Informing Operational Decision Making.
Share and Collaborate: Watershed Stewardship and Outreach
In this Program Area, we will work directly with the public and organizations to help residents understand the benefits of water stewardship and how they can contribute.
- Education and Communication;
- Strategic Partnerships; and
- Watershed Restoration.
Fourteen Priority Action Areas:
Four Guiding Principles:
- Partnership Based
- Action Oriented
- Adaptive Management and Continuous Improvement
- Performance Standards
Through a partnership approach to program design and delivery, working with other organizations and agencies also committed to watershed protection, CVRD will be more effective at leveraging resources and will achieve better results. Partners include Cowichan Tribes, Ditidaht First Nation, Halalt First Nation, Lyackson First Nation, Pacheedaht First Nation Pauquachin First Nation, Penelakut First Nation, Penelakut Tribe, Stz'uminus First Nation, Ts'uubaa-asatx First Nation, Malahat Nation, local governments, other regional agencies, and other non-governmental environmental entities.
Program Areas in the Strategy are focused on improving and informing future decisions specific to CVRD’s approved Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Service (Bylaw No. 4202). This emphasis on decision making at the local government level will help prioritize and allocate funds more efficiently and avoid duplication of effort with other jurisdictions.
The program will rely on the best available information in order to learn and adjust over time. This includes local and traditional knowledge along with evidence–based and scientific methods. Accordingly, the Program is predicated on adaptive management: Program Areas and Actions may be revised and adapted in response to new information and changing conditions (e.g., climate change).
The program will adhere to performance requirements in the design, execution and reporting of the work to ensure consistency and quality standards are met, especially those related to water science and information acquisition. For some tasks and initiatives, that will mean community organizations, private companies, and researchers assisting with delivery will need to demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and experience to successfully carry out the work.