Discover Your Watershed This World Water Day

Mar 19, 2015

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) celebrates World Water Day (Sunday, March 22) with the launch of new online community watershed stewardship resources that focus on discovering and caring for our local watersheds, creeks and nearshore marine environment. Funded by an RBC Blue Water Project grant, the CRD has created watershed stewardship resources for residents to support learning and encourage action to help protect, clean and enhance our local watersheds. The CRD Watershed Stewardship resources include watershed maps and flow diagrams, graphics and short videos along with other resources that can be used by the general public and stewardship groups.

A watershed is an area of land where all rainwater drains to a single point into the harbour or ocean. In a natural watershed, it is the mouth of a creek, and in an urbanized watershed, it can be a stormwater outfall on a shoreline. The region is home to hundreds of large and small watersheds, many of which cross municipal boundaries. The CRD monitors water quality of our creeks, lakes, nearshore marine environment and stormwater leading to these natural waterbodies. Through support to community groups, education, and regulatory guidance, the CRD works with the municipalities, First Nations, businesses and residents to protect, restore and enhance the health of our watersheds.

Getting to know the watershed that one works, plays and lives within is an important part of connecting with the region and engaging in watershed stewardship. For more information about the new watershed stewardship resources, visit our website at www.crd.bc.ca/watersheds.

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 For media inquiries, please contact:
Glenn Harris
Environmental Protection, Senior Manager
Capital Regional District
Tel: 250.360.3090