The unveiling of a sign which indicates that the Checkhall River is protected by law, will form part of activities as the parishes of St. Peter and St. Paul observe World Rivers Day.
This is being done in conjunction with the Canefield Urban Council, the Dominica Youth Environment Organization, Massacre Canefield School, the Pioneer School, The Forestry Wildlife and Parks Division, (Headed by Minchinton C. Burton), Environmental Health Unit, Office of Disaster Management and the Dominica Social Justice and Peace Inc.
The Checkhall River is the only river in Dominica that is protected by the Constitution and organizers of the event hope that the unveiling of the sign will create awareness that the island’s rivers must be protected.
“It is also our hope that the Parishioners will take ownership of this water catchment and thereby preserve it for the generations to come,” Fr. Franklyn Cuffy said.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has endorsed the initiative. “I fully endorse that initiative. I would further suggest that we should embark on the planting of trees along the river banks. The Forestry Division can advise on the type of plants,” he said.
The unveiling ceremony will take place on September 27 and the sign will read, “This Checkhall River is protected by law.”
World Rivers Day was designated by the United Nation and has been observed on the last Sunday of September since 2005.