This World Water Day, EcoPeace Middle East celebrated the rehabilitation of the Jordan River by hosting “Streaming to the Jordan”.
This event was geared for the residents of the Jordan Valley, to teach them about the upcoming changes that will result from rehabilitation developments and to mobilize the community for the benefit of ongoing activities around the Jordan Valley.
The Jordan River is suffering from neglect and pollution. Over the past few decades, the Jordan River has been in decline as a consequence of development in the region.
The need for freshwater both to irrigate farmlands and to provide for increasing populations has led to such diversion and overuse, that the Lower Jordan River now runs with less than 5% of its original flow and has, in many places, become a dumping ground, serving as a conduit for sewage, saline waters, and industrial run-off.
Fortunately, in the past few years, the situation has begun to improve thanks to the cooperation and great efforts of many Israeli ministries: wastewater treatment plants are being constructed and water is being released from the Sea of Galilee, among other projects, all in efforts to rehabilitate the Jordan River.
Rehabilitation of the river is going to change the face of the Valley, and it is important that the residents be prepared for this transformation.
Streaming to the Jordan was held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Um Juni.
The day was divided into two parts:
• 09:00 – 12:00: Guided tour, with stops at the Alumot Dam, the wastewater treatment land, Bet Zera Bridge, and more.
• 11:00 – 14:00: Celebration with food and drinks for sale, good music, and a variety of environmental activities for adults and children.
We were pleased to see so many Jordan Valley residents there!