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…

Annual General Meeting - January 25, 2016

Happy New Year, Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society, volunteers and supporters. Our Annual General Meeting is coming up fast, Monday January 25th. Stay tuned to meet our 2016 Directors and hear about our plans for the coming year.

BC Rivers Day 2015 - THANKS to Donors and Volunteers

We had a fantastic BC Rivers Day Cleanup on September 27th which saw 300+ people come out to help cleanup the Chilliwack and Vedder River valley. We also host our volunteer appreciation BBQ for all you folks that come out and support the 2 annual cleanups (April and September). We ask local Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland, businesses and individuals for donations to our volunteer prize raffle. In addition, we acknowledge and thank the amazing folks that help make our appreciation BBQ happen.

Please join me in thanking all of them and supporting their businesses with your patronage.

BBQ Donors

Chilliwack Water Store
Clancy's Meat Co.(Chilliwack)
Tim Hortons & George Shaw
Ed & Erma Prachnau

Prize Donors

Abbotsford Hatchery (Abbotsford)
Allenby's Hardware (Yarrow)
Arleen Barnes - local artist (Chilliwack)
Chilliwack Bottle Depot
Chilliwack Dart & Tackle
Chilliwack River Rafting
Cookies Grill (Chilliwack)
Dip Stick Lube Center (Chilliwack)
Duke's Pub (Chilliwack)
Ecomarine Ocean Kayak Centre (Vancouver)
Fraser Valley Salmon Society (Chilliwack)
Fred's Custom Tackle (Chilliwack/Abbotsford)
Garrison Bistro (Chilliwack)
Great Blue Heron Reserve (Chilliwack)
Great River Fishing Company (Chilliwack)
Hugo's Mexican Restaurant (Chilliwack) Maxwell Newhouse (Chilliwack)
Mt. Waddington's (Chilliwack)
Pure Life Paddle Boards (Chilliwack)
River's Restaurant (Abbotsford)
Royalwood Golf Course (Chilliwack)
Sea Run Fly & Tackle (Coquitlam)
Sweeneys Barber Shop (Chilliwack)
Sylvie Roussel Janssens - local artist (Chilliwack)
Tractor Grease Multimedia (Chilliwack)
UpTown Grill (Chilliwack)
Waterwealth/MEC (Chilliwack/Vancouver)
Western Canoeing and Kayaking (Abbotsford)

A big thank you to Shannon Storozynski and her amazing kitchen crew who served us up a fabulous BBQ!

2016 Cleanup Dates

We are very excited to announce our clean up dates for 2016!

Saturday, April 16th at the Great Blue Heron Reserve (5200 Sumas Prairie Rd, Chilliwack)

Registration opens at 8:30 AM.The cleanup will take place from 9:30am to Noon.

Please bring your reusable coffee mug and water bottle, so you can enjoy the refreshments provided by Chilliwack Water Store and Tim Hortons.

BC Rivers Day Cleanup and Celebration

Sunday, September 25 at the Chilliwack Fish and Game Club (48685 Chilliwack Lake Road)

Registration opens at 8:30 AM. The cleanup will take place from 9:30am to Noon, followed by a volunteer appreciation BBQ, entertainment and draw prizes.

Please bring your reusable coffee mug and water bottle, so you can enjoy the refreshments provided by Chilliwack Water Store and Tim Hortons.

These events run, rain or shine.

If you or your business is interested in getting involved by contributing to our Volunteer Prize Raffle please contact us to discuss further.

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 joe@fraserriverkeeper.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.