10th Anniversary Fraser River Clean-up
Saturday, March 18th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM @ the end of Gill Road in Chilliwack, BC
Back in 2007, with a small group of volunteers and a big love for our salmon and rivers, Fraser Riverkeeper (FRK) hosted a spring clean-up along the Fraser River in Chilliwack, BC. Over the past nine years, with the support of local business Woodtone and the late Andy Rotzetter of Rotz Disposal, FRK's little clean-up has grown into a massive annual event.
Year after year we’ve brought out hundreds of volunteers to remove a grand total of 88 tonnes of illegally dumped garbagefrom sensitive habitat and wilderness areas in the Heart of the Fraser. That’s the same weight as 60 Honda Accords— if you stacked them on top of each other they’d be as high as a 28-storey building!
This year marks the clean-up's 10th anniversary, so we're working with our partners and sponsors to pull out all the stops and make the 2017 Fraser River Cleanup our biggest and best ever.
Come out and join us on March 18th at Cleanup HQ, located at the end of Gill Rd in Chilliwack, and help us bring our 10-year clean-up total to more than 100 tonnes of garbage removed. Together we’ll celebrate a decade of bringing our community together to keep our beloved local river safe and clean for all to enjoy.
Additional logistical support, safety gear, and heavy equipment operation will be provided by Timbro Contracting, First Class Disposal, Big K Clothing, and the City of Chilliwack. Once again, Restaurant 62 will be serving up a delicious BBQ lunch, with food donated by IGA and additional refreshments supplied by Starbucks and the Chilliwack Water Store.
The Vancouver Aquarium's AquaVan will also be there, providing a fun and interactive learning experience for kids, with even more exciting surprises in store from clean-up organizers and their sponsors.
"These days, with so many big issues facing our communities, it seems like we're always being called upon to dig our heels in and scream 'no!' at something. That's why it feels so good to take part in an event like this, where we can all come together and say 'yes' to a clean river," explains FRK clean-up organizer and Fraser Valley Illegal Dumping Aliance (FVIDA) Coordinator, Joe Daniels.
"Of course we'd prefer it if illegal dumping would stop altogether so that organizing a clean-up every year wouldn't be necessary. But the more families participate in these events, bringing their kids out to learn the value of giving back to their community and of keeping the woods and waters they love clean, the more likely it becomes that we can transform these annual clean-ups into what they truly are: a celebration of life and community along the Fraser."
For more information and updates, please visit the event page on Facebook.