Thanks to local volunteers and community partners, in the past nine years Fraser Riverkeeper has cleaned up over 80 tonnes of garbage from Gill and Pegleg bars!
In addition, First Nations groups, trail and outdoor enthusiasts, and organizations like the Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society have year after year mobilized thousands of volunteers to help clean up after polluters.
Community clean-ups are inspiring and important, and they will continue. But as many of us are aware, illegal dumping near the Fraser River and other wild spaces in the Valley continues to be a huge problem.
Like you, we want to talk about solutions to pollution, not just clean-ups— and kickstart innovative, effective strategies to head off polluters before they dump.
Thanks to your feedback and suggestions, we created the Fraser Valley Illegal Dumping Alliance (FVIDA) in 2015. FVIDA is a group of citizens and businesses dedicated to finding solutions to illegal dumping in the Fraser Valley. Through shoreline cleanups and educational workshops we are working together to activate a community of leaders who will protect and stand-up for the health of our waterways and recreational areas for years to come.
Currently we are working in three different areas to raise awareness, educate the public and reduce illegal dumping along our precious shorelines and in our favourite recreational areas.
1. Education - we have developed directed educational workshops for children, community members and outdoor enthusiasts with a focus on the RAPP hotline and proper reporting procedures if you see someone dumping illegally. You can also click here for some helpful tips on how you can reduce your footprint and keep yourself safe while participating in community clean-ups! Safety first!
2. Signage - Over the summer we posted 5 new informational signs in key areas in the Fraser Valley. You can find them at Gill Road, Rosedale Bar, Old Orchard, Pegleg, Jesperson Boat Launch and along Ballam Road.
3. Reporting Incentives Program - We want to encourage community members to take an active role in protecting our environment by encouraging them to report illegal dumping directly to the RAPP hotline. Starting on October 1st, 2015 everyone in the Fraser Valley who reports an incident of illegal dumping will be entered to win a monthly prize. Learn more about the program here.
There is much more in the works, so please check back soon!
Fraser Valley Illegal Dumping Alliance Members:
FVIDA in the Media!
River Heroes Earn Prize By Reporting - Chilliwack Progress - December 1st, 2015
Reporting Illegal Dumping Earns An Award - Chilliwack Times - November 30th, 2015
Illegal Dumping Along the Fraser River (Video) - Global News - August 24th, 2015
Illegal Dumping On The Rise in the Fraser River - News 1130 - August 23rd, 2015
Signs Go Up Around Chilliwack To Prevent Trash Dumping - Chilliwack Progress - August 11th, 2015
Chilliwack Man Charged With Dumping In Wildlife Area - Chilliwack Progress - July 17th, 2015
Gill Bar Cleanup This Saturday - Chilliwack Times - March 25th, 2015
Garbage Dumping in Chilliwack Targeted in a New Way - Chilliwack Progress - November 26th, 2014
Chilliwack City Hall Cracks Down On Illegal Dumping - Chilliwack Times - November 21st, 2014
Successful Rive Cleanup in Chilliwack This Saturday... - Chilliwack Times - April 11th, 2014
Volunteers Pick Newspaper Box, Car Doors from Fraser River Dump (Video) - CBC News - April 6th, 2014
Taking Out the Trash Along the Banks of the Fraser (Video) - Global News - April 5th, 2014
Dumping Garbage By The River In Chilliwack Continues - Chilliwack Times - April 3rd, 2014
Interested in learning more about our programs or joining FVIDA? Please e-mail Joe at email@example.com
Take Action On Illegal Dumping in the Fraser Valley
Join the Fraser Valley Illegal Dumping Alliance by e-mailing Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org