A Warm Welcome!

Thanks for visiting the official website of the Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society! 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.

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.


Upcoming Events for 2018

There will be two big river clean-ups this year, the first one is in April...

  • Saturday April 21
  • Great Blue Heron Reserve
  • 5200 Sumas Prairie Rd
  • 8:30am is when registration starts, and we usually wrap it up around noon.
  • Please bring your own travel mug if you want a hot morning coffee from Tim Horton's (we are trying to get away from 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.

...and the second one is the River's Day Celebration clean up and BBQ...

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.

Thanks to 2017 Prize Raffle Supporters

Many local businesses generously support our BC Rivers Day Celebration with prizes for the volunteer raffle. Thanks for your support...

  • Allenby Hardware (Yarrow)
  • Artist - Arleen Barnes
  • Artist - Sylvie Roussel-Janssens
  • Artist - Kimberley Francis - Local Grain
  • Bent Rod's Guiding and Fishing (Chilliwack)
  • Cabela’s (Abbotsford)
  • Chestnut Springs Organic Bakery (Yarrow)
  • Chilliwack Dart and Tackle
  • Chilliwack Water Store
  • City of Chilliwack
  • Clancy's (Sardis)
  • Dancin Pizza (Yarrow/Sardis)
  • D'Cardo's Mechanical (Chilliwack)
  • Duke's Pub (Chilliwack)
  • Earls Restaurant (Chilliwack)
  • Farm Store (Yarrow)
  • First Class Waste/Alpine Valley Disposal (donation of the garbage and metal bins)
  • Fortin's Home Hardware (Chilliwack)
  • Fraser Valley Greenhouse Supply (Chilliwack)
  • Fred's Custom Tackle (Chilliwack)
  • Garrison Bistro Restaurant (Sardis)
  • Great River Fishing Company (Chilliwack)
  • Hugo's Mexican Restaurant (Sardis)
  • Ken’s Tire and Wheel (for recycling the tires we find)
  • Mt. Waddingtons (Chilliwack)
  • Pure Life Paddleboards (Chilliwack)
  • Rescue Canada (Chilliwack)
  • Sea Run Fly & Tackle (Coquitlam)
  • Studio B Yoga (Chilliwack)
  • Sweeneys Barbershop (Chilliwack)
  • The Nature Trust of British Columbia
  • Tractor Grease Café (Chilliwack)
  • Trask Supply (Rosedale)
  • Tropicana Tanning (Chilliwack)
  • Tulip Donair (Sardis)
  • Valley Indoor Greenhouse Supply (Chilliwack)
  • Western Canoeing and Kayaking (Abbotsford)