Return a favour on Sunday

Published on September 26th, 2008 by Rodney

Sunday September 28th is World Rivers Day. This grassroot movement, which was started in British Columbia in the 1980s, intends to bring public awareness on the importance of our freshwater resource. On Sunday, community events will take place across British Columbia.

I will once again be involved with the celebration at the Chilliwack Fish and Game Club. Organized by the Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Coalition, the event will start with a garbage cleanup, which covers all sections of the Chilliwack River from Hwy 1 Bridge and the Chilliwack Salmon Hatchery. Participants will then return to the club house at noon for a BBQ, entertainment and prize draws.

Just one hour drive from Vancouver, the Chilliwack River offers fantastic salmon and steelhead fishing. Unfortunately, due to heavy recreational usage, garbage often accumulates on the river. Seeing that the problem was escalating, several volunteers formed the Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Coalition in 2002. Since its establishment, river cleanups have been hosted and today the program is supported by hundreds of volunteers as well as the City of Chilliwack and Fraser Valley Regional District.

With your support, we can keep this precious river clean and enjoyable for all anglers. On Sunday, come fishing early in the morning, then assist us in the river cleanup, enjoy a good BBQ at noon, possibly win a prize and resume fishing in the afternoon! What better way can an angler celebrate Rivers Day than this?

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