Vernon and North Okanagan
One fish, two fish, three fish, yellow fish
Sep 24, 2013 / 8:52 pm
Starting Wednesday in the Greater Vernon area keep your eyes out for a team of school kids armed with spray cans who aim to paint the town yellow.
Vernon students and volunteers will be painting yellow fish symbols next to storm drains, as part of the Yellow Fish Road project coordinated by the Allan Brooks Nature Centre (ABNC) in collaboration with Regional District of North Okanagan, District of Coldstream and the City of Vernon.
Groups and classes from Coldstream, Okanagan Landing and Ellison Elementary will gather at Creekside Park Wednesday morning to learn all about their local water supply and to paint the storms drains leading into Coldstream Creek with those fishy yellow reminders.
“The yellow fish serves as a reminder that storm drains connect directly to our local streams,” said Aaron Deans, Executive Director of ABNC. “It’s important to prevent pollutants from entering the drains in order to protect our watersheds, water quality and aquatic habitat.”
Students will also be leaving yellow fish on your door knob at houses in the community to inform residents of why yellow fish have appeared on the roads in their neighbourhood.
“This is a time of year when people are doing their fall clean-up, including water activities such as washing cars and emptying pools, that may run into the drains,” said Deans. “The fish will remind us to be conscious of the water going down the drains. As well, we’ve included some water cleanup tips on our website.”
The yellowfish painting starts September 25 and will run every Wednesday throughout October, around schools throughout the Greater Vernon area so make sure you can an eye out for students and drive slowly when you see the painting crews.
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