OUR VIEW: Stewards of our waterways

We say: Society shows signs of taking effective action

Creeks and rivers support an interdependent web of life and we damage them at our peril.

For much of the last century, we have done everything imaginable to destroy these critical waterways — burying them, altering their course, polluting them, diminishing their capacity to support life.

It’s a wonder we still have functioning creeks and rivers and to which exhausted salmon still return to spawn.

Nature’s resilience can explain why our creeks and rivers still teem with life. But there have been efforts made over the years to improve things and some humans deserve credit.

Thanks to streamkeepers and other stewards, there are more kilometres of life-supporting habitat along these waterways and more fish in the once sterile creeks.

Thanks to wise lawmakers, there are more regulations requiring industry to minimize the impact of development and resource extraction on waterways, and cities are taking more responsibility and using best practices to protect waterways.

Even the public is getting involved by cleaning up garbage during the Shoreline Clean-up, removing invasive species, planting native species and speaking up when problems arise.

All it takes is one thoughtless move or a change in government or social attitudes, and all that hard work protecting our waterways can disappear.

World Rivers Day was marked last Sunday. Hopefully, we made time to learn about our nearest creeks and rivers and take a walk along them, observing how they still bear life despite their proximity to industry and development. True, they are under threat day by day, but if each of us becomes a responsible steward, they have a greater chance of surviving into the next century.

 

– Black Press

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