The Canadian Heritage Rivers System
(CHRS) is a cooperative venture among federal, provincial and territorial governments. The program was established in 1984 to:
- conserve and protect the best examples of Canada's river heritage;
- provide national, international and local recognition to outstanding rivers in Canada that demonstrate exceptional examples of Canadian natural, cultural and recreational values; and
- ensure the long-term management of these rivers so that their unique values will be conserved for all Canadians and visitors into the future.
A Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS) designation:
- is an "honorary" title reserved for rivers deemed worthy of inclusion;
- does not have legislative or regulatory authority;
- encourages cooperation among river users to optimize their river use without unduly compromising the river's values; and
- is meant to increase the awareness of a river's cultural/historical, natural, recreational and economic values.
Currently the North Saskatchewan River in Alberta is in the nomination process.