Saturday, April 4, 2015
Adopt a River Chilliwack-Vedder river cleanup April 18
Joe Daniels, Fraser Riverkeeper
Saturday, March 28, 2015, over 200 community members came together
to clean up the banks of the Fraser River at Gill Bar. Through this
tremendous effort 9.6 tons of garbage and 400 kilos of discarded
metal were collected and safely disposed of at the Bailey Landfill.
Among the items collected were mattresses, vehicle parts,
construction waste, and household garbage.
The event, which was
hosted by Fraser Riverkeeper, Woodtone and Rotz Disposal was a
resounding success. The City of Chilliwack was happy to support the
event by waiving the tipping fee for the materials collected, and
hopes that the cleanup conveyed a strong message about the
importance of stopping illegal dumping in the Heart of the Fraser.
"Talk about people power!" said Riverkeeper Joe Daniels. "To see so
many people of all ages rolling up their sleeves to clean up their
local waterways is so inspiring. Collecting nearly ten tons of
garbage is a massive achievement but it's also a heartbreaking
testament to the need for this kind of community action."
Illegal dumping has been an epidemic problem in the Fraser Valley,
threatening the recreational areas and wildlife habitat that we all
love to enjoy. The organizers of the event hope that education
through river cleanup events, signage and general community
awareness will help curb the trend of dumping garbage next to our
“For this year’s cleanup, we wanted the focus to be on creating
awareness and educating people about the problem of illegal dumping
and burning along our waterways" says Kevin Raffle of Woodtone. "It
is a positive step forward when more and more people are talking
about this issue, and then showing up with their families to pitch
in. This is teaching the next generation that this sort of behavior
The organizers would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the folks
at Restaurant 62, the Chilliwack IGA, Chillwack Water Store, and
Starbucks for providing delicious refreshments for the volunteers;
as well as to the Vancouver Aquarium's AquaVan for providing some
fun and educational activities for kids and grown-ups alike.
For those that missed Saturday’s event, there’s still time to make a
difference! The Chilliwack/Vedder River Cleanup Society, has
organized another Adopt a River cleanup event in partnership with
the City of Chilliwack and Fraser Valley Regional District that will
be taking place on Saturday, April 18th.
Registration is between
8:30 – 9:30 am at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve where free
coffee and donuts will be provided by Tim Hortons.
Clean up will take place
from 9am – 12pm. More information is available online at
For more information about the City of Chilliwack’s many green
initiatives, please contact the Environmental Services department at
604-793-2907. Also, stay tuned for new and exciting initiatives
coming soon from the Fraser Valley Illegal Dumping Alliance.
“ We want to keep this issue at the forefront and remain proactive
in finding solutions" explains Woodtone's Raffle. "Through creating
more awareness and education initiatives with the joint efforts of
the newly formed Fraser Valley Illegal Dumping Alliance it will make
offenders think twice about dumping or burning their garbage on the
For more information about
Fraser Riverkeeper, visit
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