Is Nature-based Planning right for your community?

This survey is for all households living in selected watersheds (see question #1) in the Regional District of Central Kootenay Area E. Communities in Area E of the RDCK have highlighted the need for a coordinated effort to protect the watersheds that provide their clean drinking water. Nature-based Planning was seen by these communities as the next step in their path towards solutions to keep their drinking water clean. For 2021, the West Kootenay EcoSociety attained funding from the Healthy Watersheds Initiative for the Community in Nature project to bring this vision forward in Area E. 


Nature-based Plans (NBP) are not zoning plans, nor do they govern land use. They can provide guidance and information on how the watersheds in which you live provide you with clean drinking water. They can also consider what/where human uses can happen while maintaining clean drinking water. Communities can bring NBPs and the knowledge they have gained to land use decision makers to engage meaningfully in their planning processes. 


A key part of NBP includes understanding what the community values are in each watershed. To inform this project we are asking people like you, living in RDCK Area E watersheds, to get involved in identifying community values through a survey. We will also be mailing this survey to Area E residents living in the watersheds we are working in to make sure everyone has the opportunity to participate.

For more information about the project visit: www.ecosociety.ca/campaign/community-in-nature/

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* 1. Which watershed is the source of your drinking water

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* 2. How do you get your drinking water? 

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* 3. If you spend time in your watershed, what activities do you take part in? Check all that apply. 

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* 4. Land Use Preference (please check one). I prefer that the land base that provides my drinking water be:

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* 5. Do you think the community living within the watershed should have a meaningful role in planning for human use of the watershed?

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* 6. Do you think decisions about possible resource use in consumptive watersheds (watersheds that provide clean drinking water to communities) should be made by:

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* 7. Would you be interested in being involved in a community society or cooperative for your watershed? If yes, then please provide the best way to contact you in the space provided.

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* 8. On a scale of 0-5 (0 being lowest, 5 being highest) give the importance of: (Circle the number that best represents how you feel)

  0 = Not Important At All 1 = Of Little Importance 2 = Of Average Importance 3 = Very Important 4 = Absolutely Essential
Domestic water quality/secure supply of drinking water
Closure of watersheds to industrial development
Wilderness preservation
Forestry, mining and other industry jobs
Agriculture
Scenery
Wildlife habitat protection
Logging according to a nature-based plan
Non-logging jobs dependent on forests
Hunting and trapping
Motorized recreation
Non-motorized recreation
Safety (from natural disasters such as wildfire, flooding, drought, landslides, etc)
Cultural Significance

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* 9. Are there others you can think of that weren’t on the list that are essential (4’s) to you? Please list them:

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* 10. What are your top 5 greatest concerns when it comes to the watershed where you live (select your top 5)?

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* 11. Are there others you can think of that are important and weren’t on the list? Please list them:

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* 12. If you are concerned about the effects of climate change on your drinking water, which concerns you most? Check all that apply.

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* 13. If you have experienced any changes to your water supply, what are they? Check all that apply. Over time you find there is:

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* 14. In addition to the previous question, are you also finding that:

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