Powell River, BC –The qathet Regional District (qRD), along with the Tla’amin Nation and City of Powell River, will host virtual public meetings to share the qathet Regional District Coastal Flood Mapping project report findings.
The report follows grant-funded fieldwork conducting coastal geological assessments, shoreline bathymetry, LiDAR mapping, and storm wave assessments along the mainland coastline from Saltery Bay to Okeover Inlet.
The Coastal Flood Mapping project identifies future, potential hazards that may develop due to the anticipated impacts of climate change along our coastlines.
“The Province of BC has recommended coastal communities plan for one metre of sea level rise by the year 2100. In line with this recommendation, the Coastal Mapping project report indicates areas of potential flooding and erosion concerns toward the end of this century and is not intended to highlight areas of immediate concern,” said Manager of Emergency Services, Ryan Thoms.
The report’s long range forecasting will allow the region to have considerable time to develop flood mitigation and adaptation objectives, policies and protocols.
The qRD, City, and Tla’amin Nation have applied for grant funding from the Union of BC Municipalities Community Emergency Preparedness Fund to complete a Regional Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy. The project will take a participatory, community-driven planning approach to engage residents and stakeholders in learning about potential flood inundation areas identified by the coastal flood mapping work.
“If we are successful in attaining grant funding, a Regional Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy will help the qathet region prepare for a changing climate and increase the resilience of our coastal communities,” said Manager of Planning Services, Laura Roddan.
For more information on the Coastal Flood Mapping project and how you can get involved, please visit qathet.ca.
qathet Regional District
#202-4675 Marine Avenue
Powell River, BC V8A 2L2