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.


2020 Events

April Cleanup - Saturday, April 4th. PLEASE NOTE!!!

Location has CHANGED. We will now be based out of Thompson Regional Park on Chilliwack Lake Road. The decision was made that since most of the garbage we are removing is up the Chilliwack River Valley that this location makes more sense.

Registration is open 8:30 am - 9:30 am, and the clean up runs until around noon.

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.

BC Rivers Day Cleanup and Celebration - Sunday September 27

  • Chilliwack Fish & Game Clubhouse
  • 48685 Chilliwack Lake Road
  • Registration is open 8:30am - 9:30am, 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 a variety of not-for-profit groups. In the past we have had the following organizations attend: NatureKids, City of Chilliwack, Waterwealth, Fraser Valley Salmon Society, Chilliwack River Hatchery, Fraser Valley Conservancy, Chilliwack Park Society and more

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.

2019 BC Rivers Day Wrap-Up

It was another wet BC Rivers Day this year but thankfully we have the best volunteers EVER and they come out rain or shine!

4.5 Tonnes of garbage was removed from our Chilliwack Vedder River corridor by 244 committed volunteers!
We remain grateful for our official partners, the City of Chilliwack, the Fraser Valley Regional District and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans - Salmon Enhancement Program, without them the Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society would not exist.

To our BC Rivers Day BBQ sponsors, RiverWorld and Patagonia! Many thanks!!!

Our ever popular volunteer prize raffle was extremely well supported by the following businesses. Thank you for helping us acknowledge our amazing volunteers. We hope you will visit these businesses, support them and thank them for their commitment to the Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society and the work we facilitate in our community.

Vedder Mtn. Bike Co.
Curly Kale
Chilliwack River Rafting
Old Yale Brewing Co.
Nikki Rekman Sales
Sylvie Roussel-Janssens
Western Canoeing and Kayaking
Kimberley Francis (Local Grain)
John Milner Reels
Rustic Soap
High Water Tackle
Michael & Young Fly Shop
Gibbs Delta Tackle
Freestone Fly Fishing Company
Home Depot
Fred's Custom Tackle
Duke's Pub
The Farm Store
Valley Indoor
Chilliwack Dart and Tackle
Tropicana Tanning
Arleen Barnes
Rytec Drafting & Consulting (Ryan Enns)
Quiring Towing

As special shout-out to Old Yale Brewing who has made the commitment to donate $1 from every pint of River Valley Amber sold in the Tasting Room to the Chilliwack/Vedder River Cleanup Society!!! WOW!!!