11th Anniversary Fraser River Clean-up
Saturday, March 24th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 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 112 tonnes of illegally dumped garbage from sensitive habitat and wilderness areas in the Heart of the Fraser. That’s the same weight as 15 African Elephants!
Come out and join us on March 24th at Cleanup HQ, located at the end of Gill Rd in Chilliwack, and help us make the Fraser River a clean and safe place for all to enjoy.
Logistical support, safety gear, and heavy equipment operation will be provided by Timbro Contracting, First Class Waste/Alpine Disposal, Bio Central, Big K Clothing, and the City of Chilliwack. Kal-Tire will generously be supplying on-site patches to anyone who gets a tire puncture at the event. Once again, Restaurant 62 will be serving up a delicious BBQ lunch, with support from Gordon Food Service, and additional refreshments supplied by Starbucks and the Chilliwack Water Store. This event would not be possible without the generous support of Great River Fishing Adventures, Fraser Valley Salmon Society, Chilliwack Minor Baseball, Fresh Water Fisheries Society, Inner Vision Yoga, and Envision Financial. Special thanks go to VanCity, BC Hydro, Patagonia, and Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation for their financial support. The Vancouver Aquarium 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 2017 FRK clean-up organizer and Fraser Valley Illegal Dumping Alliance (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.