For Immediate Release
Monday, April 4, 2011 – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) invited community groups, environmental organizations, landowners, representatives from the business community, cultural organizations, municipal staff and local politicians to a workshop on Saturday, April 2, to gather public input about what makes the Credit River unique and why it is important to the community.
The workshop is the first in a series of conversations CVC will have with the community to gather essential information about the Credit River and why it deserves recognition as a Canadian Heritage River. The Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS) is Canada’s national river conservation program. It promotes, protects and enhances Canada’s river heritage, and ensures that Canada’s leading rivers are managed in a sustainable manner. The program fosters responsible river stewardship, building upon cooperation and public support.
“We have an opportunity to ensure that the rich legacy of the Credit River is protected and formally recognized,” said Judi Orendorff, Director of Lands and Natural Heritage for CVC. “A Canadian Heritage River designation benefits us all by casting a national profile on the river’s natural spaces, wildlife, cultural features and history.”“During the year, CVC will be talking to the community about why the Credit River is truly a remarkable place,” added Orendorff. “We want to hear from people throughout the entire watershed. Every voice is important.”
The first step in the designation process is to bring together community champions and interested parties to share information and prepare a written record of values they believe the Credit River offers and why it is unique. Although the nomination must be submitted to the CHRS Board by participating governments and government agencies, a high level of non-government participation and support is essential.
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