The Hope Station House was buzzing with activity on Friday night at the community celebration of World Water Day.
More than 50 people attended the free event, which featured information tables and displays, a homemade dinner and a diverse mix of “watery” open-mic performances that celebrated the benefits of local water systems while identifying threats that risk depleting the natural resource.
“Hopefully, this will be the first of many events held at the Hope Station House. This historic building is a real jewel and has the potential to become a true meeting centerpiece for the community of Hope,” said Sharlene Harrison-Hinds, one of event organizers.
“The event was so successful because people care so much about the rivers, lakes and streams in the unique area surrounding Hope. But the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion proposal, large-scale gravel mining and urban growth all threaten our home waters.”
Chilliwack-Hope MLA Gwen O’Mahony and Green Party candidate Kim Reimer were among the attendees at the event. Co-hosted by the WaterWealth Project, the community celebration provided an opportunity for people to hear various speakers talk about the current situation of water in the Fraser Valley. Many issues were addressed, such as salmon farming and the recent chlorination of Chilliwack’s water.
“Water is truly the basis of all our lives. We must become good stewards of our water wealth or pay the most dire consequences,” said Harrison-Hinds.
“This is a chance for everyone to become active in protecting and defending our waters.”
The event was made possible through donations from local businesses Jungle Juice, EricaPress, Cooper’s Foods, Buy & Save, and Dutchies Bakery.