CONTRIBUTION · 22nd September 2010
This is a global event started here in British Columbia.
‘The growing interest in World Rivers Day, now coordinated by the Rivers Institute at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, is very timely in that rivers around the globe are facing increasing pressures, ranging from urbanization and pollution to the building of dams and the excessive extraction of water. Climate change is also increasingly taking its toll on many rivers. If events like Rivers Day can help to profile these issues while also engaging the public and creating an even greater appreciation of the many values of our waterways, then it can only be positive.’
In British Columbia, ‘many of our Rivers Day events this year will focus on the recent return of 34 million sockeye salmon to the Fraser River; our biggest run in 97 years. After several years of poor returns and lots of disappointment, we now have something to celebrate. And while many challenges and threats to our rivers and fish stocks remain ahead, this year’s magnificent salmon return offers a glimmer of hope’.
Read more about local World Rivers Day events and a recent article in National Geographic written by the event’s founder, Mark Angelo of the Rivers Institute at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Support these water guardians
* Save Our Rivers Society
* Wilderness Committee
* Ecojustice Canada
* The Water Team