Fraser Riverkeeper is a non-profit registered Canadian charity dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Fraser River and its watershed. Our encompassing mission is to ensure the right of all citizens to safely swim, drink and fish in BC waters.
100% of the proceeds of the Waterkeeper Gala Vancouver support our programs: local watershed protection, Swim Guide, the National Water Centre, and the new Watermark Project.
On March 28th we hosted our 8th annual shoreline cleanup at Gill Bar in Chilliwack. With the help of over 200 volunteers we removed another 10 tonnes of garbage (for a total of over 50 tonnes in the past 8 years). In addition to yearly cleanups we are now engaged with the province, the City of Chilliwack, the Conservation Officer Service and other key community partners on preventative measures and outreach (educational workshops, signage, and surveillance) to deter dumping in key habitat areas.
In 2014 alone we had over 40,000 BC-based pageviews on Swim Guide. With each view we provide community members with reliable, up-to-date information about water quality and advisories at their local beach. In 2015 we plan to double this number and ensure BC residents can safely swim, paddle and splash in our beautiful waterways.
Inspiring a culture of clean water for 34 million Canadians. The National Water Centre is a water-oriented private arts and education facility in Canada's oldest city. Inspired by the work of Waterkeepers and other grassroots water stewards, the centre will promote swimmable, drinkable, fishable water through community-building, information sharing, research, and leadership development.
Collecting, archiving, and sharing Canada's water stories. At the Waterkeeper Gala Vancouver you will have a chance to view Watermarks that have been submitted through the Pilot Project. These include art pieces from Emily Carr students, written Watermarks from students at Capilano University, video Watermarks from friend of Fraser Riverkeeper and drawings from youth in the community.