The Slocan River near its confluence with Lemon Creek.

Slocan River to be celebrated Sunday

BC Rivers Day on Sunday will celebrate the Slocan River with a salmon luncheon and field trip to the river.

BC Rivers Day on Sunday will celebrate the Slocan River with a salmon luncheon and field trip to the river.

The keynote speaker is Otto Langer, a former federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans biologist, who worked in government for 32 years in habitat protection, as a water quality biologist and manager specializing in salmon habitat protection programs.

He organized the Association of Professional Biologists of BC and was president of the group and has been an expert witness in over 100 pollution and habitat destruction court cases in Canada from the Arctic to Newfoundland to Vancouver Island.

Langer’s main area of work was in BC and the Yukon, particularly the Fraser River and its estuary.

After leaving government in 2002 he joined the David Suzuki Foundation and formed their Marine Conservation Program. He’s been retired for the past six years but  still volunteers for many conservation causes including jet fuel issues for Vapor and the Fraser River Gravel Stewardship Committee in Chilliwack.

The event takes place at the Passmore hall and starts at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon begins at noon and Langer speaks at 1 p.m.

There will also be a field trip to the confluence of the Slocan and Little Slocan rivers.

This year’s BC Rivers Day coincides with World Rivers Day, a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of rivers, strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.

World Rivers Day is celebrated by millions of people in more than 60 countries.