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Ninth Annual World Rivers Day – September 29

World Rivers Day Increases Awareness, Promotes Stewardship, and Encourages River Conservation Around the Globe – Massive Worldwide Event Has Its Roots in British Columbia, Canada

Millions of people around the world will participate in the ninth annual World Rivers Day on Sunday, September 29. With many of the world’s rivers facing severe and increasing threats associated with climate change, pollution, and industrial development, close to 70 countries are participating in this year’s festivities. Many events around the world will focus on educational and public awareness activities while others will include river and stream cleanups, habitat enhancement and restoration projects, and community riverside celebrations. World Rivers Day has its roots in the great success of BC Rivers Day, which has been celebrated for the past 33 years in Canada’s western-most province.

World Rivers Day strives to increase public awareness of the importance of our waterways as well as the many threats confronting them.

“Rivers are integral to all life and yet many waterways continue to be impacted by inappropriate practices and inadequate protection,” says Mark Angelo, Rivers Day Chair and Founder and Chair Emeritus of the Rivers Institute at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Endorsed in its inaugural year by the United Nations University and the International Network of Water, Environment, and Health, and with HSBC Bank Canada as its lead sponsor, World Rivers Day events will include activities in countries ranging from Canada to England, Nigeria to the United States, Australia to South Africa, Iraq to Bangladesh, and across most of the major rivers of Europe.

“Millions of people, dozens of countries, and numerous international organizations will be contributing to World Rivers Day,” says Angelo. “It provides a great opportunity for people to get out and enjoy our waterways. At the same time, the event strives to create a greater awareness of the urgent need to better care for our rivers and streams.”

Robert Sandford, Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of the United Nation’s “Water for Life Decade” and an internationally recognized expert on scarcity and conservation issues, says, “World Rivers Day should be hailed for its global effort to increase awareness around the vital importance of our water resources and the need to properly protect and steward them in the face of mounting pressures.”

The event compliments the UN’s broader Water for Life Decade initiative and they are a valued supporter of World Rivers Day.

Local BC Rivers Day Events:

Burnaby, British Columbia, CanadaWorld Rivers Day Gala Event at Burnaby Village Museum and Surrounding Site
Burnaby will celebrate World Rivers Day in a major way with a gala event at the Burnaby Village Museum, which is bisected by the beautiful Deer Lake Brook. There will be a large array of attractions for young and old – and, along with the many attractions and interpretive displays already on site, there will be live birds of prey, a children’s fishing pond, face painting, music, entertainment of various sorts, a special “living with coyotes” presentation, children’s activities, streamside habitat restoration demonstrations amongst many other fun things to do. Come enjoy a stroll through Burnaby’s marvellous past, a community that has long focused on the many waterways within its midst; its lakes, streams and the great Fraser River that it borders. Open from 11 to 4:30. Contact – Lynda Maeve at lyndamaeve.orr@burnaby.ca

North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Celebrate River’s Day at the Seymour River Hatchery Open House on Sunday September 29th from 10am to 3pm.  Take a tour of the hatchery, play fun games for all ages, and enjoy a salmon barbecue. The Seymour River Hatchery is located in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. For more details, visit www.seymoursalmon.com