A Warm Welcome!

Thanks for visiting the official website of the Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society. The CVRCS is a not-for-profit society formed in 2002 by a group of dedicated people who regularly use the Chilliwack/Vedder River for recreation. Our goal, simply put, is to keep this magnificent river valley clean so we can all fully enjoy its beauty, and so it can be appreciated for generations to come. We would like to acknowledge that we are working on the Traditional Territory of Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribe. The Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe communities are: Aitchelitz; Skowkale; Shxwhá:y; Soowahlie; Squiala; Tzeachten and Yakweakwioose.

Group cleanup at Chilliwack River

On this website we'll try to keep you informed about our up-coming cleanup events, the Adopt-a-River program, Hot Spot clean-ups, and any other information or changes that might become relevant to the health of the watershed. If you are a regular user of the Chilliwack/Vedder River system, we invite you to participate in our cleanup events, or get involved by adopting a section of the river. Your support directly benefits the river, and it feels great to get involved in your community and to make a difference.

More about CVRCS…

Get Involved: Hot Spot Cleanup Squad

The Hot Spot Cleanup Squad is a group of volunteers who help clean up the river valley outside the scope of our regularly scheduled cleanup events. In coordination with the Fraser Riverkeepers, we respond to notification of 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.


2019 Events

  • Spring Cleanup - Saturday, April 13
  • Great Blue Heron Reserve
  • 5200 Sumas Prairie Rd
  • 8:30am is registration, all garbage needs to be back by 1pm.
  • Please bring your own travel mug if you want a hot morning coffee from Tim Horton's (we will no longer be supplying single-use cups). Bring a water bottle too, and get a fill-up from the Chilliwack Water Store to keep you hydrated for the rest of the morning.
  • Remote registration will be set up at Thompson Regional Park at 48562 Chilliwack Lake Road for those volunteers who live in the Chilliwack River Valley.


    • This event goes rain or shine
    • Wear sturdy footwear
    • Bring a travel mug/water bottle. We want to eliminate single use cups at our cleanup events!

    • BC Rivers Day Cleanup and Celebration - Sunday September 22
    • Chilliwack Fish & Game Clubhouse
    • 48685 Chilliwack Lake Road
    • Registration starts at 8:30am, and the clean up runs until around noon. Then we'll host a volunteer appreciation BBQ and Prize Raffle.

      Come check out the displays and information about what other groups are doing in our community, as we welcome back our friends at Fraser Riverkeeper, Waterwealth Project, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, and more.

      We extend a huge thank you to the Adopt-A-River Program participants and groups who are out there making a difference throughout the year. We could not do what we do without you!

      Thanks to Tim Hortons and the Chilliwack Water Store for providing refreshments.


      • This event goes rain or shine
      • Wear sturdy footwear
      • Bring a travel mug/water bottle. We want
  • Thanks to 2018 Prize Raffle Supporters

    Many local businesses generously support our BC Rivers Day Celebration with prizes for the volunteer raffle. In addition, the amazing folks at the Chilliwack Water Store and Tim Horton's (Industrial Way, Chilliwack) have supplied water, hot coffee and baked goods for cleanup participants. Thanks for your support.

    • Abbotsford Centre
    • Allenby Hardware (Yarrow)
    • Artist - Arleen Barnes
    • Artist - Kimberley Francis - Local Grain
    • Artist - Sylvie Roussel-Janssens
    • BC Sport Fishing Group (Harrison Hot Springs)
    • Brown's Social House (Chilliwack)
    • Cabela’s (Abbotsford)
    • Chilliwack Dart and Tackle
    • Chilliwack River Rafting
    • Chilliwack Water Store
    • City of Chilliwack
    • Clancy's (Sardis)
    • Dancin Pizza (Yarrow)
    • Duke's Pub (Chilliwack)
    • Express Reel Service (Abbotsford)
    • Farm Store (Yarrow)
    • Fraser Riverkeeper (Vancouver)
    • Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC
    • First Class Waste/Alpine Valley Disposal (donation of bins)
    • Fraser Valley Greenhouse Supply (Chilliwack)
    • Fred's Custom Tackle (Chilliwack)
    • Garrison Bistro Restaurant (Sardis)
    • Great River Fishing Company (Chilliwack)
    • Highwater Tackle (North Vancouver)
    • Home Depot (Chilliwack)
    • Iron Dream Fishing Co.
    • Mt. Waddingtons (Chilliwack)
    • Old Yale Brewing (Chilliwack)
    • Purple Hayes School of Kayaking (Chilliwack)
    • Rescue Canada (Chilliwack)
    • Rustic Soap Co. (Chilliwack)
    • Studio B Yoga (Chilliwack)
    • Snap Fitness (Chilliwack)
    • Sweeneys Barbershop (Chilliwack)
    • The Nature Trust of British Columbia
    • Tim Horton's (Industrial Way, Chilliwack)
    • Trask Supply (Rosedale)
    • Tropicana Tanning (Chilliwack)
    • Tulip Donair (Sardis)
    • Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe
    • Valley Indoor Greenhouse Supply (Chilliwack)
    • Western Canoeing and Kayaking

    2017 BC Rivers Day Cleanup and Celebration Recap

    A huge shout out and a ton of thanks to everyone who attended our Sept. 24 River's Day clean up! We had 240 registered attendees who collected 2820kg of garbage and 720kg of metal out of the Chilliwack River Valley. THANK YOU to each and every one of you who took the time to come out and pick up garbage.

    In addition to our amazing volunteers, the Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society could not do what we do at this annual BC River’s Day cleanup without the support of our partners, the City of Chilliwack, the Fraser Valley Regional District and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. In addition we want to acknowledge our food and beverage sponsors: Tim Horton’s on Industrial Way (George Shaw), The Chilliwack Water Store (Devyn Banks), Clancy’s in Sardis (Jon Taylor) and Superstore.

    We had sunny weather for the cleanup which made visiting the various not-for-profit booths at the event much more enjoyable. Of course we want to acknowledge the Chilliwack Fish and Game Club (Chilliwack Fish and Game Protective Association) for hosting us at their clubhouse once again. Thanks to Shannon Storozynski and her amazing kitchen crew for all the cooking. The food was fantastic and very much appreciated.