Aaron Deans (left) and Wayne Shelley practise painting a yellow fish at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

Aaron Deans (left) and Wayne Shelley practise painting a yellow fish at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

Students set to send message

Beginning today, students and volunteers will paint yellow fish symbols next to storm drains

Students in the Greater Vernon area are painting the town yellow.

Beginning today, students and volunteers will  paint yellow fish symbols next to storm drains as part of the Yellow Fish Road project co-ordinated by the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

“The yellow fish serves as a reminder that storm drains connect directly to our local streams,” said Aaron Deans, ABNC executive director.

“It’s important to prevent pollutants from entering the drains in order to protect our watersheds, water quality and aquatic habitat.”

Classes from Coldstream, Okanagan Landing and Ellison elementary school will gather at Creekside Park this morning to learn about their local water supply and to then paint the storms drains leading into Coldstream Creek.

Students Without Borders Academy students from Kalamalka Secondary as well as members of the Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake will assist ABNC volunteers and the elementary students involved with this project.

The event will begin with a talk by Emma Polsuns, from the Regional District of North Okanagan, who will speak about the bioswale in Creekside Park.

Students will leave yellow fish door hangers at homes to inform residents of why yellow fish have appeared 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 yellow fish painting will run every Wednesday throughout October, weather pending, around schools in Greater Vernon.