Chilliwack River cleanup planned to celebrate BC Rivers Day

Volunteers can register Sunday morning to help clean up Chilliwack River areas

  • Sep. 25, 2015 9:00 a.m.

A massive cleanup effort is being planned for the Chilliwack River this Sunday, and as always, the more the merrier.

It’s the 14th annual BC Rivers Day, and volunteers are asked to arrive at the Chilliwack Fish and Game grounds between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Anyone with some energy and a morning to spare is welcome, says organizer Chris Gadsden.

Once volunteers arrive, they will be registered and given instructions on areas that need cleanup. Volunteers have already identified areas along the river that are needing work.

Last year, about 300 people showed up, and everyone was put to work where they were best suited.

“Volunteers don’t have to have a truck and trailer but that’s always very helpful,” he says.

And since this is a family oriented event, he adds, even the young ones will be set up with age-appropriate work.

The clean up will run until about noon, and a thank-you barbecue for the volunteers will be held afterwards, complete with entertainment and prize draws. Several organizations will be on hand with information about ecology and conservation, as well.

Gadsden is expecting even more volunteers than last year, with the new Fraser Valley Illegal Dumping Alliance, and about 70 or 80 Adopt A River groups expected.

BC Rivers Days cleanups are being planned all over the province, with Chilliwack’s being one of the biggest in the immediate area.

The Chilliwack Fish and Game Club is at 48685 Chilliwack Lake Rd.