Groundwater, its origins, properties, flow rate and eventual fate, is largely a mystery. However, Faye Smith, of the Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society is hoping to clear up at least some of the unknowns at a special meeting slated for Nov. 4 at the Quality Resort Bayside.
“What about the water we don’t see in the watershed — that mysterious entity called groundwater?” she said. “Is it different than the water we see in the Englishman River? Do we need to be concerned about where it exists in the watershed, where it is moving, where it comes from or how much there is of it?”
To answer those and other questions, Smith said her group has brought in hydrogeologist, Dr. Gilles Wendling, who will present The Englishman River and Its Aquifers — understanding our groundwater for water security.
The talk will kick off at 6:30 p.m. in the Tidal Room at the Bayside, with light refreshments available. The presentation begins at 7 p.m.with a slide show and there will be time for questions after.
The project was made possible by a grant from the RBC Blue Water Project and support from the Real Estate Foundation of BC. Other generous contributors included the Regional District of Nanaimo, Ministry of Environment, Vancouver Island University, TD Friends of the Environment, Living Rivers, Pacific Salmon Foundation and Dr. Wendling.