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Yellow Fish Road

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What is it?

Yellow Fish Road™ is a free storm drain painting program that promotes awareness about urban runoff pollution with various groups such as school classes, eco clubs, youth groups, neighborhood groups, or even your family/friends!  Sign up your group or family today!​

 

  

Why?    

Painting yellow fish beside storm drains reminds your friends and family that storm drains are NOT connected to the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Water from storm drains in Lethbridge empty directly into the Oldman River UNTREATED!  Discover what you can do to help.   

  

What Types of Pollution Can Enter Storm Drains?

 

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Pesticides are used to get rid of unwanted ​pests, including:​

  • insects (ins​ecticides)
  • vegetation (herbicides)
  • rodents (rodenticides) ​ 
  • fungi (fungicides)  

Improperly applied pesticides can enter the water system and can cause deformities, reproductive problems, and even death in fish and other aquatic life.

How can you help? 
Hand-pulling and spot spraying weeds are good ways to reduce the amount of pesticides that need to be used.  If pesticides must be used read and follow the instructions carefully.

 
  
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Fertilizers are nutrients (phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium) applied to the soil to help plants grow faster and larger.  Fertilizers that wash into the river cause aquatic plants to grow more too.  This can cause river weeds to grow out of control which can take up space, light, and oxygen from other aquatic life that needs it. 

How can you help? 
Using natural fertilizers such as compost, mulch, and grass clippings (grasscycling) can eliminate the need for undesirable synthetic chemical fertilizers.

 
  
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Oil and gas leaks from vehicles, accidental spills, or dumping are highly toxic to aquatic plants and animals.

How can you help?
Cleaning up spills properly, not hosing down driveways to clean them and ensuring to fix leaky vehicles quickly will reduce oil and gas residues in the Oldman River.

 
  
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Pet poop contains nutrients and bacteria that can be washed into our river. The nutrients can cause:

  • excess plant and algae growth (the same way fertilizers do)
  • diseases

How can you help? 
Being a responsible pet owner and picking up after our pets is the only way to keep these toxins out of our river.

 
  
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Dirt is everywhere in a windy city and is a difficult problem to manage. Too much dirt in a river causes a dirty, cloudy river, but most aquatic plants and animals prefer clean, clear water. 

How can you help? 
By sweeping up dirty driveways instead of hosing them off which allows the dirty water to run straight into the river. Keeping storm drains clean will help as well because often large lumps of dirt, litter and branches are trapped by the grates.

How Does it Work?    

The City of Lethbridge has partnered with Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC) and Oldman Water Shed Council (OWC) to lend you a painting kit that has everything you need, so you can paint at your leisure through the whole summer.

It's easy as 1, 2, 3 

1. Contact us to borrow a kit and receive a brief information session

2. Paint as many storm drains as you'd like and deliver door hangers to mailboxes on the streets you painted

3. Prizes may be awarded (depending on the year)


When can I participate?  ​

You can participate April through August. You can keep a kit for up to 2 weeks in order to paint everything you want to paint. 

There are also Blitz Days each summer! There is one each month, located within a different area of the city. They are from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Check back in the spring for 2019 dates!
PLEASE NOTE: An adult must be present to assist with the program.

What do I need to bring?

  • You and your friends!
  • Water Bottle
  • Paint friendly clothing 

           


For more information or to sign up contact:
Stephanie Vehnon
403-320-4988 
yfr@lethbridge.ca 


Learn More About Trout Unlimited Canada

Trout Unlimited You Tube Channel

Trout Unlimited Webpage

CHECK OUT THE TROUT UNLIMITED YELLOW FISH ROAD PROGRAM SELF DISCOVERY KIT!

Our exciting self-delivery model provides all the resources and supplies needed to complete a Yellow Fish Road program over and over again. Discounts of 50% are currently available throughout Alberta and in the City of Winnipeg, postage and taxes extra. If you prefer to pick up your kits at our Calgary office, the cost is as shown below plus taxes. Order a package that suits your needs for the upcoming season!

School/Group Package $250.00
This package is perfect for a large class or community group and includes a Program Guide, a presentation activity, TUC pencils (50) for classes and YFR badges (25) for groups, and 4 full kits of storm drain painting supplies for 24-30 participants.

Family Package $90.00
This package is great for a small class, group or family, and includes a Program Guide, and 2 full kits of storm drain painting supplies for 12-18 participants.

Basic Package $40.00
This package is good for a small family, group, club or individuals wanting the basics and includes a Program Guide, 3 ‘Rain Only’ stencils and 75 generic door hangers for a storm drain painting project for 6-12 participants.

Additional Supplies:

To learn more about the Yellow Fish Road program please view the Introduction and How to Paint infographics videos for your program from this page or on our Trout Unlimited Canada’s YouTube Channel.


 
 

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