Adopt a River

The City of Chilliwack has partnered with the Chilliwack/Vedder River Cleanup Society (CVRCS) and the Fraser Valley Regional District for the Adopt a River program, aimed at improving the environment of the Vedder/Chilliwack River through organized, regular cleanup events.

Since 2002, the Adopt a River cleanup events have collected over 115 tonnes of waste from the Vedder/Chilliwack River shoreline. Events are typically held every April and September.

The Fall 2021 Adopt-A-River cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, September 26, 2021. This event will look a bit different than previous years due to COVID-19 and will follow any Public Health Orders (PHO) that are in place at the time of the event.

Registration will be required as the cleanup has to be limited to 100 volunteers. If you would like to register please email and include your full name and the names of the people in your group as well as your phone number and an emergency contact.

Every pre-registered volunteer will receive a raffle ticket at check-in (8:30 am at the Chilliwack Fish and Game Club) for a small raffle we are having.

Exhibitors will be welcomed back to help educate everyone about this amazing river valley in which we play and live. Volunteers will be able to check out these exhibitors after you check-in, before or after collecting garbage.

Garbage and recycling bags as well as gloves will be provided and the volunteers will provide the 'boots on the ground'. This event goes rain or shine.

Thanks to all the volunteers and all they do to help protect the beautiful Chilliwack Vedder River Valley!

The City would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the Adopt a River program:

  • First Class Waste Services
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Fraser Valley Regional District
  • Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve
  • Chilliwack Fish & Game Protective Association
  • Tim Hortons
  • Barton Insurance Brokers
  • Fishing with Rod Productions 
  • GLAD

Adopt a River Program

Under the City's Adopt a River program, community groups adopt sections of the Vedder River or Canal and are responsible for providing litter/garbage collection services twice per year.

For each cleanup event, the City of Chilliwack provides garbage/recycling bags, free disposal on site, and collection service for large items which are too bulky or heavy for the volunteer groups.  Each participating group will be acknowledged through an Adopt a River sign installed in their adopted section. 

If you are interested in cleaning up Chilliwack's streets instead, please check out the Adopt a Road program!

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