Rivers on Borrowed Time
Alberta's rivers are vital and complex, a precious flowing heritage. As trustees of the river resource, our challenge is to manage rivers wisely, leaving to future generations a resource enriched by our stewardship. Today, none of Alberta's rivers outside the national parks are guaranteed protection or wise stewardship.
Rivers on Borrowed Time challenges Albertans to support an option for action. Stressing the need for natural and recreational river legislation, this booklet has two objectives: to demonstrate the value of Alberta's rivers, and to present a plan of action to preserve and enrich them.
The challenge is immediate because our rivers are in jeopardy, a limited resource under acute pressure. More and more of them are being dammed. Piecemeal development of riverscapes is being forced by a rapidly growing population with more leisure time and higher incomes. Adding to these pressures, industries and communities continue to pollute streams unnecessarily.
Decisions must be made soon, before our remaining free-flowing rivers are permanently changed. As trustees, Albertans cannot afford to squander opportunities for preservation and enrichment, opportunities lost through neglect and poor planning.
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