|7 Sept 2000|
River Pact Second In The World
The signing of a sister link of the Styx rivers in Christchurch and Alabama, United States, is only the second such link in the world.
Today a document was signed by Christchurch’s Mayor, Garry Moore, Community Board representatives, and the charity trust, Guardians of the Styx, to formally forge a sister link of the rivers.
It was learnt at the ceremony that the only other known link is between the Potomac River, Washington, DC, and the Japanese Arakawa River.
The chairman of the guardians, John Knox, said the link would have community benefits in educational exchanges and reciprocal visits by special interest groups.
He said a web page would be established.
Mr Moore said it was being realised today that damage done to nature on the planet had to be repaired. This link represented that attitude and he thought the link was inspirational.
"There is a special feeling of commitment in Christchurch. We must also have a commitment to nature and our rivers. The guardians have the baton to pass on to future generations," Mr Moore said.
Warwick McFadden, a member of the guardians group, attended the signing of the pact in the city of Bay Minette, Baldwin County, Alabama, in May.
signing Mr McFadden gave the Mayor a framed photograph of the American river and
a key to city of Bay Minette.
Further information: Allan Watson, Water Services Unit: 025 824 130.