Rivers are a part of our communities. We cannot impact our local river systems without ultimately impacting our own health and well-being. These issues are not solely river issues, they are issues for human communities and for the future generations.
Two significant key global river issues are the decline of fish populations and the construction of dams. The decline of Salmon populations in the Fraser River and the proposal to dam several rivers in Chile highlight such global issues and the debate/factors associated with each one. To follow these stories, join the Rivers Institute Twitter page and stay informed! Below, we have also provided a number of links for your information. While dams are not always a factor in fishery decline (there are no dams on the main stem of the Fraser River for example), they can significantly impact fish populations and river ecology. Consequently their impacts are often studied in relation to fish.
We have provided a list of links that discuss the issues of dams and their impact on fish and local and global ecosystems.
Please note that these are but a few of the many resources and information sources that are available online. We invite you to do your own research, and to follow the BCIT Rivers Institute on twitter.
Many of the world’s rivers are endangered. Pollution, deforestation in watersheds, water extraction, drought, dams and invasive aquatic species threaten the health and future of our rivers. We have provided a list of groups who profile endangered rivers and river issues throughout North America and the world.
We have provided a list of links that discuss the issues of health, sanitation and rivers
We have created a list of great educational resources for teachers, parents and interested individuals. Follow the links below to learn more about rivers!
- Stream to Sea Program by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans
- Rivers and Coasts by the BBC
- Rivers of Canada·
- Water Education Foundation: Water Kids·
- All Star River Explorers
- Project Wet·
- National Great Rivers Education and Research Centre·
- Blue Planet Links Foundation
- How Rain and Snow are Formed: The Water Cycle
Links to Initiatives, Organizations and Key Supporters