I fish the Vedder/Chilliwack pretty much every weekend. I suck at it, but it’s beautiful, calm and peaceful. But the trash problem is getting out of hand.
An article from Global News reports:
“Chilliwack residents say what was once a pristine recreation area has been turned into an open garbage dump.
The banks of the Chilliwack River have been littered with trash and they say it comes from a nearby homeless camp.
Resident Matthew Fuller posted a series of photos to a local Facebook page that show everything from laptops to leaf blowers to piles of clothes strewn near the river.”
I don’t doubt that the homeless camp(s) is a part of the problem, but I fish far away from that area and there is almost ALWAYS piles of trash on the river bank, especially in prime camping season. I was out yesterday and had to fill a bag with beer cans, cigarette butts and a phone book (???) to take out with me.
If you want to take your kids there in 30 years and have them catch fish instead of trash, do your part and keep it clean out there. Pack out what you pack in. Putt your darts out in a beer can and toss it out after. Simple stuff.
Want to help out – Get in touch with these guys – The Vedder/Chilliwack River Cleanup Society – or get out there this weekend and clean up a chunk of river before you wet your line.
This video from GLOBAL NEWS shows how bad the problem has gotten.
Oh and be careful, the river is HIGH!