World Rivers Day Virtual Celebrations!

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World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world's waterways. 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 it falls on September 27, 2020.

The rivers and waterways in our community connect us all - providing drinking water, recreational opportunities, a home to a range of species, and ecosystems and an important piece of our history and culture - they are the lifeblood of our land. 

Join us as we celebrate together over this next week of personal challenges, information sharing and community engagement.  Connect with us on facebook for other updates and event links.  Send us pictures, stories, photos and completed quizzes and challenges to parksandrecreation@nanaimo.ca for a chance to win great prizes from our partners - including a grand prize of a rain barrel from the RDN's Team WaterSmart.  The more entries the more chances to win. 

Monday, September 21 - EXPLORE AND OBSERVE

What watershed do you live in?

Visit a creek or river in your neighbourhood and observe how they have shaped the landscape and what their cultural and environmental significance is.

Follow this amazing and epic journey  of a salmon – from egg to spawner, and the challenges and obstacles the salmon has to overcome.   

 

Tuesday, September 22 – RECREATE

Rivers provide a natural environment for recreation and an opportunity to “recharge” and connect with nature. 

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  • Draw, write or take a picture of ways that you enjoy the rivers and waterway for recreation in, on, or by a river in your community.  Maybe try a new activity this fall – canoe, raft, fish, swim, bird watch, walk, meditate…  
  • Take a Virtual Nature Walk with Parks Canada!
  • Visit one of our islands great outdoor locations to view spawning salmon this Fall or learn more about your local Salmonid Enhancement programs

Join Steel_Snorkel – with a close up a look at  a school of pink salmon as they move their way up into the watershed.  In this video you can see the difference between female and male salmon (look for the hump on its back).  (the utmost care was taken to put these videos together as to not disturb the fish) 

 

Wednesday, September 23 – CONNECT

We are all connected…

…from what we use to wash our car in the driveway, landscape our yards, choose to fertilize or not fertilize our gardens, how we might urbanize our community, or how we develop our parks and greenspaces … we are all connected to our watershed and waterways. 

Join Capri from Team WaterSmart as she shows us how our different activities and actions can affect the quality of the water in our watershed.   

 

 

September 23  is also National Tree Day – how do trees connect  with Rivers Day?

A healthy urban forest canopy, or abundance of trees and plant life…

  • provides critical habitat for wildlife,
  • helps keep rivers and streams cool and protected, enhancing the value of the river to all surrounding life (air, land and aquatic)
  • reduces the impacts of global warming,
  • adds moisture to the air and helps create clouds…which leads to rain
  • helps slow the rain fall reaching the ground– reducing flooding, soil erosion and nutrient depletion 
  • helps stabilize river & creek banks (thanks to the root system) – reducing erosion and holding the integrity of the eco-system intact.  
  • helps to filter this rain water (thanks to tree roots and soil organisms)

…we are all connected.  

Try out the RDN’s “ Model My WatershedModel My Watershed” – fun app to simulate water balance - how changes in land use affect the balance of how much water infiltrates the ground, how much runs off, and how much evaporates.

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Or why not PLANT A TREE!!

The City of Nanaimo is once again promoting our  Tree Voucher Program to encourage planting more trees in our community (Beginning Sept 21, 2020).  Join Patrick, our Urban Forestry Coordinator, as he gives us some tips on urban tree planting.  

 

Thursday, September 24 - RESTORE 

How can we be good stewards of our rivers and waterways?

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  • Get involved in a local clean up or connect with a Streamkeepers Stewardship group in your area.
  • Organize a clean up in your neighbourhood, a park, beach or river in your area - contact us for more information on how to get started. parksandrecreation@nanaimo.ca 
  • Pledge to pick up trash and dispose of it properly.
  • Practice water stewardship at home by converting to water efficient irrigation and landscaping, installing a rainwater harvesting system, or by upgrading your private well! Water Stewardship Rebates  
  • Get involved in community watershed monitoring in your neighbourhood supported by the RDN’s Drinking Water & Watershed Protection program and other amazing local stewardship groups.
  • Avoid putting chemicals, soaps or other pollutants down the storm drains, safely dispose of batteries, paints, medications etc so they don’t end up on our local waterways.
  • Get involved in the storm drain marking program supported by NALT and DFO.  Contact NALT for more information at stewardship@nalt.bc.ca .  
  • Can you find a yellow fish painted by a Storm Drain in your neighbourhood?  Send us a picture for another chance to win one of our daily prizes.  parksandrecreation@nanaimo.ca 

 

Find out what is happening in your community, region and beyond regarding stream stewardship and water resource management and protection?  Find out more from groups such as a Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC (PWSBC), a driving force connecting the dots of shared knowledge, inspiration, innovation and challenges of water stewardship in a changing climate. Link to the PWSBC website and more information here: Vancouver Island Symposia Series: Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate

View this  link for more information on stream restoration projects that have taken place in your community including:  

  • Departure Creek - one model example of urban stream stewardship thanks to the hard work of dedicated volunteers and the relationships of trust and respect they have built. (link)
  • Walley Creek another great example of volunteers who are passionate about the health of the environment they live in and how they can make a difference.

“The health of our creeks and streams depends on a network of stewardship with volunteers at the centre.” Paul Chapman, NALT

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Here are more examples of stewardship projects and fish sampling happening down at the Nanaimo Estuary with the Snuneymuxw First Nation Fisheries Team.  

https://photos.app.goo.gl/2zAw4hD1iHXz34ur7 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/aYb2dd6VwUPQSNZp9

 

 

 

Friday, September 25 - LEARN

Do you know where your water comes from – the water you drink, use to water your garden or bath in?   Click this link to learn more about your local Watershed.

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Did you know BC is also home to hundreds of rivers, including some of Canada’s longest rivers.  Visit riveriq.ca to test you river knowledge.  Send us a screen shot of your River IQ at parksandrecreation@nanaimo.ca for a chance to win one of our community prizes.

Join Nanaimo Science for some fun family Rivers Day activities and test your knowledge on fun facts about our Rivers with their Rivers Day Kahoot Quiz.  Send us a screen shot of your final score. 

Find out more about the RDN’s Drinking Water and Watershed Protection ( DWWP) Program and information on how to make better choices on land use and ways to protect the environment.

Join Sarah and Solomon from Team WaterSmart as they provide education and ideas for water conservation and environmental protection with these workshops, links, guides and more. sarah_solomon (2)

Dive into DFO’s Stream to Sea Program to learn more about your watershed with activities and information for kids of all ages.

Continue the water journey from our mountains to our streams, to our rivers, to our ocean.  Where the fresh water meets the ocean in a partly enclosed body of water, we call an estuary.  Estuaries often fuel “some of the most productive ecosystems on Earth, and also some of the most vulnerable.” Click here to learn more about the value of this amazing system and some of the challenges –including protecting essential marine habitat such as Eelgrass.  

Last updated: September 25, 2020

Saturday, September 26 – RESPECT

"The First Nations peoples of North America have a special relationship with water, built on their subsistence ways of life that extends back thousands of years.  Their traditional activities depend on water for transportation, for drinking, cleaning, purification, and provides habitat for the plants and animals they gather as medicines and foods.  Their ability to access good water shapes these traditional activities and their relationships with their surroundings.  As Indigenous peoples, First Nations recognize the sacredness of their water, the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of protecting their water from pollution, drought and waste."  Assembly of First Nations

Snuneymuxw River Story _ Salish Sea Sentinel

Read the tale on how the sockeye came to the Snuneymuxw River as told by Celestine Aleck (Sahiltiniye) of Snuneymuxw First Nation.  Snuneymuxw River Story

Celestine is a published writer/illustrator who considers herself very fortunate to have learned some of the rich stories of Coast Salish territory from her elders. She can be contacted at celestinea@snuneymuxw.ca.


 

Sunday, September 27 – CELEBRATE

  • Still have questions?  What are your ‘water wonders’?  Send your questions to us on water and your watershed.

 

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