Good times are sure to flow at World Rivers Day event

Good times are sure to flow at World Rivers Day event

  • Oct. 15, 2015 2:00 p.m.


In recognition of the plight of many of the world’s waterways, in 2005, the United Nations launched the Water for Life Decade to help create a greater awareness of the need to better care for our water resources.

This year residents along the Similkameen River will celebrate at Kobau Park in Cawston on Sept. 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness while encouraging improved stewardship of rivers around the world.

Millions of people in more than 60 countries celebrate their rivers with a Mark Angelo, Founder of B.C Rivers Day and World Rivers Day variety of activities.

Mark Angelo, Founder of B.C Rivers Day and World Rivers Day describes rivers as “the arteries of our planet; they are lifelines in the truest sense.”

The Similkameen River defines the Similkameen Valley and is fed by a rugged, mountainous watershed. The Similkameen is diverse by nature, providing opportunity for many human activities and natural systems as it winds its way from high up in Manning Park to its confluence with the Okanagan River below Oroville in Washington State. The Similkameen watershed is the largest watershed feeding into the Okanagan River system. Although diked and riprapped in some areas, much of the Similkameen and most of its tributaries still flow free and have not suffered the indignities of many of the world’s rivers. It has been the lifeblood of the Similkameen and its people from the Smalqmix of the Sukwnaqin-x First Nations to the present day.

Such a gem is worth celebrating. The event September 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. will include live music, kid’s activities, a riverside walk, refreshments, river stories, presentations to short story contest winners and learn more about the Similkameen watershed. Children of any age are welcome.

Friends of the Similkameen appreciates the financial support provided by the Similkameen Valley Planning Society. The funding covers costs associated with the event.

To learn more about World Rivers Day, visit:

For more information, contact Lee at 250-499-5404 or at

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