The Slocan River is one of many West Kootenay rivers that boast clear blue and green waters.

The Slocan River is one of many West Kootenay rivers that boast clear blue and green waters.

Celebrate BC Rivers Day on Sunday

Come for a luncheon, educational presentation and a field trip to the newly formed regional park by the Slocan River in Crescent Valley.

On Sunday the community will celebrate the Slocan and Kootenay Rivers with a luncheon, educational presentation and a field trip to the newly formed regional park by the Slocan River in Crescent Valley. The event will take place at the Crescent Valley Community Hall from noon to 4 p.m.

A luncheon will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., with a suggested donation of $10.

From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Lesley Anderton will present The Geological History of the Slocan and Kootenay River Basins. Anderton is well known from her 35 years of instruction at Selkirk College and her continued education courses in the community.

There will be a silent auction from 2:30 to 3 p.m., and the field trip will take place from 3 to 4 p.m.

Thousands of British Columbians celebrate BC Rivers Day on the last Sunday in September each year, making it Canada’s largest river appreciation event.

BC Rivers Day generates public awareness about British Columbia’s waterways. Recreational clubs, conservation organizations, community groups, schools, and local governments host events across the province.

BC Rivers Day celebrations have grown exponentially over the past 30 years, which can be attributed to British Columbians’ growing concern for the state of local waterways.

BC Rivers Day provides a positive opportunity for diverse groups to show why BC waterways are important.

Both BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day highlight the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.

A jet fuel spill into Lemon Creek in 2013 heightened residents’ awareness of how much they love and appreciate these two rivers and how concerned they are for the health of our local waterways, said organizer Marilyn Burgoon.