Wild salmon activist and biologist Alexandra Morton will be touring Chilliwack at the end of the week as part of her ‘Mayday for Wild Salmon’ tour in advance of the federal election.
She arrives in the Fraser Valley on the morning of Saturday, April 16 with a plan to visit with volunteers at the spring river cleanup by the Chilliwack-Vedder River Cleanup Coalition.
Members have been busy assessing the worst-hit areas of the river this week so they can send volunteers there during the upcoming cleanup event.
Coalition members Glen Thompson and David Barnes were checking out a big pile of garbage near the river’s edge in the Tamihi Bridge area.
An angler had contacted the coalition to say he was concerned that high water would wash it all downstream, and possibly damage fish habitat.
The spring river cleanup is on April 16, 9:30 to noon, at various locations along the Chilliwack-Vedder River system. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, as well as at the Chilliwack Fish and Game clubhouse. Check out more on the cleanup at www.cleanrivers.ca
Morton will be back in town on April 19, when a reception is being hosted at noon by the Sto:lo Cultural Committee at the Sto:lo Resource Centre on Vedder Road. She, and ‘Salmon are Sacred’ coordinators, Don Staniford and Anissa Reed, are being honoured for their work striving to remove fish farms from the migratory routes of wild salmon.