Happy World Rivers Day! Recently, we shared the results from a new survey created in conjunction with our partners and Riverkeeper Gala sponsors, Abacus Data, to better understand how people feel about the Ottawa River. This gave us a great idea of how valuable the river is to the general population, for example that 92% of people think it makes living in the area much better.
However, once we shared the results, many people wrote in with inspiring stories about what the river means to them personally.
One person told us about how her family has lived in Hull for over 4 generations right next to the river, and how they would spend their summers swimming near Luskville. More importantly, throughout her life on the river, she has noticed that it is now much cleaner than it was before!
Another citizen expressed his concern for the sewage and potential nuclear waste as threats to the health of the river, while also sharing his many fond memories of his visits to the beaches of Norway Bay and his walks with his grandparents on Westboro Beach.
Even our own staff Biologist Katy Alambo was not planning on staying in the Ottawa River watershed upon completing her studies at the University of Ottawa. However, after conducting fieldwork in the thousands of lakes, ponds, and wetlands throughout the watershed, she could not leave. In her current role with Ottawa Riverkeeper, Katy loves all the opportunities she has had to experience the river and learn from and share with fellow river enthusiasts.
On an important date such as this one, we wanted to honour not only the Ottawa River and its tributaries, but also you, the people that love the watershed and make our work possible. Your stories inspire us to continue to push to improve this beautiful region.
If you want to share a memory, an experience, or moment about a time you connected with a body of water, create a Watermark. Your Watermark can serve as a reminder of how we are all connected to and depend on water! In advance, thank you for sharing your story and happy World Rivers Day!
If you would like to record a video Watermark, email a 1 minute video to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the name of the waterbody you are speaking about. Make sure to mention that you heard about the Watermark Project from Ottawa Riverkeeper in the description so that we can see your submission!