Earlier this week I sent the following inquiry to City of Calgary administration:
I sent this inquiry after seeing several news articles over the last number of months about irresponsible use of 4×4 vehicles in the Bow River:
The Bow River is a very important resource. Calgarians use the Bow for many recreational activities and it is also a world renowned destination for fly fishermen around the world.
The river is also a very sensitive resource. Our impact on the river has very real consequences. Irresponsible behaviour on the river can cause damage to sensitive fishery water and tarnish the incredible beauty that is the Bow River.
Driving vehicles in the river is illegal under municipal bylaws as well as provincial legislation. Fines for these infractions can be as much as $1,500. If you see vehicles driving in the Bow River illegally contact Calgary police or Fish and Wildlife immediately. You can reach Fish and Wildlife at 403-297-6423. You may also consider taking a photograph or a quick video with the vehicles licence plate so that authorities can better identify the culprits. At no time should you approach or confront these individuals directly, allow the authorities to do the job they were trained to do.
The Bow River is an important part of Calgary. We must hold each other accountable to make sure that future generations of Calgarians can enjoy the river as well.