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.


NEXT River Cleanup - Sunday, September 25, 2022

BC Rivers Day River Cleanup - Sunday, September 25, 2022

Location - Chilliwack Fish and Game Club - 48685 Chilliwack Lake Rd, Chilliwack, BC V4Z 1A6.

Registration is open 8:30 am - 9:30 am, and all garbage must be returned to the bins by 1pm.

We will have a limited number of refreshments available from Tim Horton's and the Chilliwack Water Store so please bring your reusable mug and/or water bottles. We will not be supplying cups.

Reminder emails will be sent out closer to the day. If you would like your name to be added to our email reminder list please email us - infoATcleanrivers.ca.

Are you interested in adopting a section of river to call your own? We are currently looking for individuals, families, organizations or businesses to adopt sections in the Chilliwack River Valley (above the Vedder Bridge)! Email us if you want to learn more.

We are grateful for our ongoing partnerships with the City of Chilliwack, the Fraser Valley Regional District and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Salmon Enhancement Project). Additionally, thanks to Tim Hortons (on Industrial Way in Chilliwack) and the Chilliwack Water Store for their years of providing refreshments.

Wrap Up - Spring 2022 River Cleanup


We had amazing weather for our first river cleanup of 2022 and it was so nice to welcome volunteers back to the Chilliwack Fish and Game Club without any public health restrictions limiting the number of people who could participate. Huge thanks to the 132 people who came out on a beautiful sunny day to pick up garbage from our Chilliwack Vedder River valleys. We had two bins (one metal and one garbage) generously donated by our friends at Valley Waste and the garbage bin was pretty much full. We will post the weights on our FB page and update our stats on this page when we receive that information from the City. WELL DONE!

As a friendly reminder, the City of Chilliwack supports organized cleanups of illegal dumping hotspots located on public land within City boundaries and in FVRD Electoral Area E (Chilliwack River Valley) in two ways:

  1. Providing free Tag-a-Bag stickers for waste, or...
  2. Providing a free tipping pass for the Bailey Landfill (applicable for those in the FVRD Electoral Area E).
For more information, please visit this page at the City’s website.

Thank you for all you do to protect our Chilliwack Vedder River!!!