Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society

About Us


Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society was formed in spring 2002. The founders were anglers, birdwatchers, conservationists, biologists and concerned local residents. It unites a group of individuals who are concerned about the increasing amount of garbage being left along the Chilliwack/Vedder River.

The society has two major objectives:

  • By using an "Adopt a River" model, to organize groups and individual volunteers who wish to clean up the river.
  • To educate the public on the value of the river and the need to keep it clean.

The society has accomplished the following:

  • Since 2002, CVRCS has hosted over 51 clean-ups, including 22 World Rivers Day celebrations.
  • Over 6,692 volunteers have participated and each clean-up is four hours long, resulting in around 26,768 hours of volunteer work!
  • Currently there are 25 groups involved in the Adopt-a-River program.
  • Since 2002, over 129.32 tonnes of garbage have been removed from the Chilliwack Vedder River riparian areas.


These are the currently active directors of the CVRCS.

David ArdillDavid Ardill
Dave BarnesDave Barnes
Laura VanderhoekLaura Vanderhoek

Founding Members

Thanks to our founding members for their vision, commitment, and years of service keeping the Chilliwack River Valley beautiful.

Terry BodmanTerry Bodman
Lew ChaterLew Chater
Gerry DickeyGerry Dickey
Chris Gadsden (Fraser Valley Salmon Society)Chris Gadsden (Fraser Valley Salmon Society)
Rodney HsuRodney Hsu
Don LangfordDon Langford
Jack ShortJack Short


The Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society would like to recognize and thank the following sponsors who have been supporting our projects tremendousl.

We can always use more support! Funding is limited for our volunteer events, we always need sponsors to donate garbage bags, gloves, pick-up tools, usage of dumpster bins, refreshment for volunteers, etc. If you would like to become a sponsor of Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society, please contact us with your proposal.

Contact Us

You can send your concerns, questions and ideas to us by email.