Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Bow is Below: All Calgarians play a part in protecting our rivers

The Bow and Elbow rivers are the source of drinking water for all Calgarians. Maintaining the water quality in these rivers is important to ensure that high-quality drinking water is available for future generations. It is equally important to the fish and wildlife that call these waterways home.

The Bow is Below: The river begins at your storm drain
Most of the water that washes into the storm drains on your street empties directly into our rivers. That means whatever you put on your lawn or driveway can wash into the river untreated.

The City of Calgary has launched the “Bow is Below” campaign, a citywide program that helps connect Calgarians to their water resources (our rivers) and provide simple ways we can all play a role in the long-term protection of our most valuable natural resource – water.

The Bow is Below - In the Community
Coming Spring 2011: Enjoy complimentary programming at some of your favourite Calgary destinations, brought to you by The City of Calgary and Evergreen Theatre. Meet Clark Trout, a mild mannered reporter for the Calgary Herring newspaper, and his alter-ego, Superfish. Laugh along as he tries to catch pollutants in his home. Fertilizers and pesticides, soap from car washing and doggy droppings must all be vanquished by our brave hero. This series of street theatre productions is fun for all ages.

Join the Water Services team for a live performance on May 29 at Lilac Festival, or visit for a complete schedule of performance times and locations throughout the city.

The Bow is Below - Online
The City has produced a one minute video to help tell a complex story. Learn how water flows from your property, into our rivers and find out how you can play a role in protecting our water resources for generations to come.

While you are online, between May 18 and June 22, answer a short three question survey for your chance to win one of 10 prizes:
  • A river rafting adventure for two
  • An educational session learning to fly fish on the Bow River
  • A family fun package touring some local attractions
  • A Yard Smart package that includes a composter, rain barrel and diverter kit
Visit or call 3-1-1 for more information

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