Once again, we are partners in World Rivers Day, this year set for Sunday, September 27, 2020. This year marks a special anniversary – it has been 40 years since the founding of BC Rivers Day, which eventually evolved into World Rivers Day, now one of the world’s largest environmental events.

This year’s World Rivers Day theme is once again, Waterways in our Communities, in recognition of “the incredible natural, cultural and recreational values of our rivers and streams and the extent to which they add to our quality of life.” In addition, we’ll be recognizing several sub themes. Among these is the importance of connectivity and ensuring adequate fish passage, in recognition of the good work of our friends at World Fish Migration Day, which had to postpone its semi-annual May event to October given the COVID-19 virus.

Public safety is a top priority for World Rivers Day, so given the uncertainty of where we might be in different parts of the world with the COVID-19 virus, we’re encouraging groups to plan events that comply with safety recommendations of their particular locale. And the various types of river-related celebrations and events that can take place are limited only by our imagination and creativity.

Watershed Watch will be hosting a photo contest. Help us celebrate World Rivers Day by capturing some shots of your favourite local river and sending them to us. We have some awesome prizes lined up for three winners and we’ll be sharing your amazing photos on our social media channels.

Join the Facebook event and stay tuned for application details. Winners will be announced the week after Rivers Day.

Check out the World Rivers Day and BC Rivers Day sites to find other events in your area.