Monday, March 25, 2013

 

Community News

Water You Doing to Conserve?

WaterWealth makes a splash in Hope

Released by Tamara Herman, WWP

 

Hope residents get together for a community meal and to discuss the state of water.

 

he WaterWealth Project supported by local Hope residents hosted a Canada Water Week celebration in Hope on Friday evening. Over 50 community members attended the free event, which featured a homemade dinner, a diverse mix of “watery” open-mic performances that celebrated the benefits from the local water systems while identifying the threats that risk depleting the local water wealth.

“Our campaign goal is to bring people together across the Hope and Fraser Valley regions to protect the home waters that these communities share,” said WaterWealth Community Organizer Natalie Jones. “Tonight was an exciting opportunity for us to meet such a big and diverse crowd of people in Hope.”

The Community Celebration in Hope was made possible through generous donations from local businesses Jungle Juice, Ericapress and Coopers Food. With fun activities for children and a hearty dinner of soup, bread and bannock, Hope Station House was packed with a diverse and intergenerational crowd.

“The event was so successful because people care so much about the rivers, lakes and streams in the unique area surrounding Hope,” said Sharlene Hinds “But the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion proposal, large-scale gravel mining and urban growth all threaten our home waters.”

“Decisions that threaten our waters are being made in Victoria and Ottawa. They’re heavily influenced by corporate lobbies,” Jones told the crowd at the Hope Station House.

 “Corporations like Nestle and local people who drink groundwater all share the same water here. To make this work, there needs to be much more room for involvement from affected communities in decisions about our waters, and more recognition of the rights of local First Nations.”

The WaterWealth Project celebrated Canada Water Week with other events, including community mapping blitzes which reached more than 100 people at the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses of UFV and the Vedder River Rotary Trail and film screenings of Salmon Confidential and Last Call at the Oasis at its Chiliwack office.

 

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