The Fraser River near Mount Robson, British Columbia, Canada
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Trickle, babble or roar. World Rivers Day
If you are a nature enthusiast, an environmental advocate or just simply enjoy listening to the sound of rumbling rivers, you might like to know that today is World Rivers Day. Following the United Nations' 'Water for Life Decade' movement between 2005 and 2015, Mark Angelo—Canadian river conservationist, teacher, author and speaker—proposed a global event to celebrate rivers. World Rivers Day dedicates the fourth Sunday of September each year to waterways, to increase awareness of the many benefits that rivers provide to people and the planet.
The star of today's image, the Fraser River, is the longest river in British Columbia and the 11th longest in Canada. The stream makes its meandering way from the Rocky Mountains, travelling more than 854 miles over slopes and flatlands before it merges with the Strait of Georgia, just south of Vancouver.