Rivers Day

Rivers Day 2023 is all about the Oetztaler Ache.

The Oetztaler Ache is threatened by Hydropower Development

The local initiative WET (‘Protect Tyrol’s Whitewater’) informs about the expansion plans of the power plant Kaunertal, which threaten the Oetztaler Ache. Almost all of its water is to be diverted out of the valley, leaving only a trickle in the riverbed for most of the year. Just come by the WET booth at the Race Base on Friday or Saturday and get informed!

Explore the river with us!

The River Collective invites you to explore life in and around the river at the Home River Bioblitz. We’ll head out and see what different species we can find. To do this, everyone simply takes photos of the plants and animals he or she spots and can identify them themselves using the iNauralist app. There will also be experts along to answer questions. Everyone is welcome, we also invite children to come with us on a journey of discovery! Even those without their own smartphone can see and learn a lot. By the way, the Home River Bioblitz is a “Citizen Science” Project, and whoever wants can pass on the specific species to a database and thus help science. Because the Oetztaler Ache is not only the Home River of all Oetztalers and all kayakers, but also the home of many other creatures! The most interesting finds are illustrated by the artist Lukas Vogl, the pictures can be downloaded later.

Meeting points for the Home River Bioblitz in Oetztal

Friday 22. September
01:00 pm – Meeting Point: Rivers Day Stand (find it on the map here)
03:00 pm – Meeting Point: Confluence Fishbach-Oetztaler Ache in Laengenfeld (Aquadome) (collaboration Naturpark Oetztal) (link to map)

Saturday 23. September
12:00 pm – Meeting Point: Rivers Day Stand (find it on the map here)
04:30 pm – Meeting Point: Rivers Day Stand (find it on the map here)

Rivers Day 2022 is organized by the Free Rivers Fund and supported by VAUDE and NRS.