Water protection a critical issue

Congratulations to the organizers of Sunday’s World Rivers Celebration held at the delta of our Salmon River.

Congratulations to the organizers of Sunday’s World Rivers Celebration held at the delta of our Salmon River.

Having by chance driven from Merritt on Saturday through the Douglas Lake Ranch, I followed it from its source down to Falkland’s lovely valley then home through Silver Creek, so Sunday’s visit finished the trip off beautifully.

Thank you also to the speakers who reminded us of the importance of water. Growing up in the desert continent of Australia, I’ve always known its value, and was appalled on arriving in North America more than 40  years ago at how wasteful of it, and of wood, paper and electric power, B.C. residents were.

(I suspect those living east of the Rockies where these are less plentiful are far more diligent with their use.)

All of us including all levels of government need to be thrifty with our resources. We in Canada are so lucky to be relatively rich with them, but plenty does not give us the right to be wasteful.

Also at the celebration, the new initiatives outlined concerning agriculture and tourism were interesting and encouraging. Best wishes in pursuing them, and to our Neskonlith friends with the development of the Mary Thomas Heritage Sanctuary and Cultural Centre.

If you have never visited the site, it’s worth dropping in, and following the trail along the meandering river among the cottonwoods, a delightful and precious place.

 

 

Barbara Grier

 

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