A Warm Welcome!

Thank you for visiting the official website of Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society! CVRCS is a not-for-profit society that was formed in 2002 by a group of dedicated people who regularly use the Chilliwack/Vedder River for recreational purposes. Our goal is to keep this magnificent river clean so its beauty can still be appreciated by many generations to come.

Group cleanup at Chilliwack River

On this website, you will be able to gather important information such as our upcoming cleanup events, Adopt-a-River program and tips that you may use to improve your local watershed's health. If you utilize the Chilliwack Vedder River frequently, we welcome you to participate in our group river cleanups or adopt a section of the river. Your support is important to CVRCS.

More about CVRCS…

Be a member of the Hot Spot Cleanup Squad

What is our Hot Spot Cleanup Squad?

The Hot Spot Cleanup Squad is a group of volunteers that has agreed to help outside of regularly scheduled cleanups. In coordination with the Fraser Riverkeepers, we are notified of local illegal dumping spots and we coordinate the pickup of that garbage and its proper disposal.

The Hot Spot Cleanup Squad is not responsible for doing the cleanup itself, the individual or group that reports the illegal dumping spot agrees to gather the garbage and the Hot Spot Cleanup Squad agrees to collect it.

Hot Spot Cleanup Squad volunteers:

- Have a flexible schedule and can be called with relatively short notice (3-5 days)

- Ideally own a truck and/or a utility trailer although this is not a requirement

- Have a passion for keeping our Chilliwack Vedder River Valley clean

Please email us for more info and to add yourself to the list

If you come across an illegal dump please call 1-888-5keeper or email info@cleanrivers.ca with the following information:

1. location of the incident

2. description of the materials dumped

3. photos

4. be careful as some material may be hazardous.


2017 Cleanup Dates

We are very excited to announce our cleanup dates for 2017:

Saturday, April 22nd at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve (5200 Sumas Prairie Rd, Chilliwack)
  • Registration opens at 8:30 am.
  • We supply the gloves, garbage and recycling bags.
  • We ask you to bring a water bottle or a travel mug so that you can partake in the refreshments. These are generously provided by Tim Hortons (Industrial Way) and Chilliwack Water Store (Yale Rd.)
  • This is a family friendly event and it goes rain or shine.
Sunday, September 24th at the Chilliwack Fish and Game Club (48685 Chilliwack Lake Rd, Chilliwack). In celebration of BC Rivers Day this is our largest cleanup of the year!
  • Registration opens at 8:30 am, and BBQ starts at 12:30pm. Prize raffle begins at 1pm (ish) and you must be present to win!
  • We welcome exhibitors like the Waterwealth Project, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, City of Chilliwack, Fraser Valley Regional District, Fraser Riverkeepers, Fraser Valley Salmon Society and more to help educate all of us about this amazing river valley we play and live in.
  • All registered participants can enjoy the BBQ lunch and additional refreshments from the great folks at Tim Hortons and the Chilliwack Water Store.
  • Don’t forget your water bottle or a travel mug so you can partake in the refreshments.
  • Once again we will provide the gloves, garbage and recycling bags and you provide the 'boots on the ground'.
  • For the first time, you can buy your own pickup-stick (to keep) in support of the Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society.
  • This is a family friendly event and it goes rain or shine.

We are working very hard to encourage folks to bring their own water bottle or travel mug to our events so we are not using single use containers. We will NOT be providing cups for coffee or water.