Fraser River Clean-ups
Posted on March 14th 2015, by Rodney Hsu, webmaster
There are two organized clean-ups happening on the Fraser River around Chilliwack this month.
Fraser Valley Salmon Societywill be meeting at Island 22 Boat Launch at 9:00am on March 21st. Great River Fishing Adventures and Bent Rods Guiding & Fishing Co. will have boats there picking volunteers up and transporting them to various bars to do the clean-up. Others will travel by trucks to tackle vehicle-accessed bars between Island 22 and Old Orchard Road sand bar. At 12:30pm, the two groups will meet up at Old Orchard Road for a BBQ provided by HomeLife Glenayre Realty Chilliwack Ltd. For updates, please check their Facebook page.
The second clean-up will be organized by Fraser Riverkeepers on March 28th. Volunteers will meet at 10:00am at the end of Gill Road in Chilliwack. This clean-up event will end at 1:00pm. A BBQ will also be happening during the clean-up around Noon. For more information, please see this page.
These Fraser River clean-ups are especially important because they take place just before freshet begins. By removing as much garbage from the Fraser River banks as possible, less will be washed away into the Pacific Ocean once the river starts rising.
In recent years, illegal garbage dumpings have become a serious problem along the Fraser River and other river systems in this province. Beside organized clean-ups like these, anglers are encouraged to do their part by not just picking their own garbage, but also others' so the area is cleaner than before. You are also encouraged to observe and report any illegal dumpings so violators can be charged by conservation officers.