Members of the Rotary Club of Waterford Valley will gather at the Waterford River Sunday to highlight the importance of the river to the area.
“The Rotarians will carry water samples as a gesture to highlight the need to understand the changes that are occurring in the quality of the water as it takes its course through three of the fastest growing population centres in the province — Paradise, Mount Pearl and St John’s,” stated Alexander (Sandy) Roche, project manager and treasurer of the club in a news release Thursday.
Since the club was formed in 1977, it has focused on activities around the Waterford River such as building pedestrian bridges and walkways. Recently, the group has switched gears and is focusing its efforts on ensuring the health of the river is preserved.
In an effort to increase public awareness the club will hold the first World Rivers Day event at 3 p.m. at the lodge in Bowring Park.
World Rivers Day began in British Columbia in 1980 when the province dedicated the last Sunday in September to the event. In 2005 the United Nations formally elevated B.C. Rivers Day to World Rivers Day.
The mayors of Paradise, Mount Pearl and St. John’s will be on hand to announce joint initiatives as proposed by the Waterford Valley Rotary Club, says the news release.