World Rivers Day
Sept 24

World Rivers Day

Description of Issue

World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways!

It highlights the many values of our rivers, strives to increase public awareness, and encourages the improved stewardship of all rivers around the world. Rivers in virtually every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead.


World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.

“Rivers are the arteries of our planet; they are lifelines in the truest sense.”
~ Mark Angelo

More Information:

Brief Highlight

There are many types of activities that you can plan for your Rivers Day event. It is best to choose events that utilize local expertise and resources and which address local interest , customs and issues. World Rivers Day celebrations can range from a single event, like a paddle down a creek or a clean up of a creek section to a local festival with many events and features. If you are planning a large event, it is a good idea, where possible, to provide several types of activities that appeal to all ages and interest groups.

Description of Action

One of the best ways to gain local support and participation is to involve many groups and organizations from the community. Contact local schools, government, hospital foundations, local businesses and interest groups such as birders, paddlers, daycares, art societies, music societies, heritage societies, recycling societies, and environmental groups. Contacting and enlisting the help of a variety of groups will help your event to diversify and it will, as have many others, evolve into not only a celebration of local river heritage, but a celebration of your community and its connection to rivers and the environment. In Canada, the local Chamber of Commerce is a great place to start if you are looking for contacts and groups to work with in your community. In other countries, try your local government, church, community centre or schools for a list or direction to local groups and individuals that may be interested in working with you to create a local World Rivers Day event.