For Immediate Release
13 August 2012
A Celebration of Our Rivers and of Our Community
British Columbia’s incredible natural heritage deserves a day of celebration, and the Alouette River Management Society (ARMS) is busy preparing for one that can’t be missed. Rivers Day is a day celebrated across BC, and since 2005, across the world by people and organizations raising public awareness of rivers and the many benefits they provide to all. The 19th annual Ridge Meadows Rivers Day will be held this year on Sunday, September 30 from 11:00-3:00 p.m. at the Allco Fish Hatchery, Maple Ridge.
Located among the big cedars of Allco Park and along the banks of the south Alouette River, the beautiful location alone is reason to check out this free family event. The day also promises live entertainment, a barbeque lunch, guided nature walks through Allco Park, numerous interactive displays from local environmental groups, and a raffle featuring items donated by local crafters and businesses. Children (and the young at heart) will enjoy the bouncy castle, storytelling tent, face painting, carnival games, and the opportunity to learn to fish at our live fishing pond with the BC Federation of Drift Fishers using bait donated by Hatch Match’r Fly and Tackle.
This year, Ridge Meadows Rivers Day will not only be celebrating our local streams and rivers, but also the efforts of concerned citizens and community organizations to protect them. This fall will mark one year since the launch of the Adopt-A-Stream program, a partnership between ARMS and neighbourhoods, community groups, or individuals to monitor the health of streams and report any problems.
The number of completed projects and volunteers engaged since the program’s inception is certainly cause for celebration. More than 50 volunteers have been engaged in stream clean-ups, water quality testing, invasive plant removals, and storm drain markings along Tributary 2, McKenney Creek, Golden Pond, and Morse Creek. ARMS would like to thank these volunteers for their ongoing commitment, the Fraser Salmon & Watersheds Program, for funding the pilot program along with the Mountain Equipment Co-op for funding Phase 2 of our Adopt-A-Stream program. Ridge Meadows Rivers Day will be an opportunity for those who have already adopted streams in their neighbourhoods to share their experiences with the rest of the community and perhaps inspire others to adopt streams of their own.
Ridge Meadows Rivers Day would not be a success without the support of BC Hydro, the Alouette River Management Society, District of Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services, the Maple Ridge Museum and Community Archives, the BC Federation of Drift Fishers, Hatch Match’r Fly and Tackle, and the Province of BC.
For more information about Ridge Meadows Rivers Day or the Adopt-A-Stream program, please visit the ARMS website: http://www.alouetteriver.org/ or contact Greta Borick-Cunningham at email@example.com