Environmental Concerns of River Activities
Rafting Soča and Soca canyoning are outdoor water activities that attract a number of visitors that are eager to venture into a thrilling adventure. Yet adrenaline sports like rafting Soča and Soca canyoning raise some environmental issues. Such activities undoubtedly have a big effect on the river and its wildlife. People jumping in the water or racing through the river with a raft are disturbing the species that live in the ice cold terrain and are damaging their habitats. As a consequence, many species might be unable to survive near the river sports clubs and renting places. A big problem is also the garbage which is often connected with big masses of people. Visitors commonly bring food and drinks in plastic containers which might end up in the river, polluting the environment of fish and other freshwater creatures. As many of them, such as for example Soca trout, have been endangered in the past, it is important to raise awareness of these issues as well as make attempts to improve the current situation.
Improving the Situation
While there will always be some disturbance of the freshwater species with rafting Soča and Soca canyoning, we can certainly minimize the amount of garbage that comes into contact with water. An easy solution would be a designated space for the consumption of food and drinks with a sufficient amount of garbage cans as well as forbidding any snacks on board to prevent throwing wrappings and plastic bottles in the river. Instead, the length of the trips could be shorter, so visitors do not need to consume anything during the period spent on the water. They can invigorate later, in an appropriate space, which provides cleaning services as well as containers for rubbish. In this case, the river will remain as beautiful as it is now.