Connected by Water is a Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) program that was developed in response to the community education and engagement recommendations in the Comox Lake Watershed Protection Plan. The goal of this program is to build capacity, community and connection to support watershed protection and water conservation efforts. Working with community stakeholders and knowledge holders, the Connected by Water team has developed curriculum resources, workshops, tours, presentations and a framework for discussion and learning that responds to the questions:
“What makes a climate resilient watershed?”
“What makes it possible for me to have safe water to drink?”
What is Climate Resilience?
Climate resilience is the ability of a system to respond and adapt to the impacts of climate change. In the Comox Lake watershed, climate change is impacting winter precipitation and freezing levels (rain / snow dynamics), summer droughts, and the health of plants, animals and ecosystems. Building climate resilience is a top priority in the Comox Lake Watershed Protection Plan recommendations.
In 2016 the CVRD published the Comox Lake Watershed Protection Plan. Its objective is to guide the management of the Comox Lake watershed for the long-term protection of drinking water at the highest possible quality.