LEPS issues storm drain challenge
Water polluted by sediment, animal waste, oil, swimming pool water, driveway debris and toxic household and industrial compounds that run into storm drains directly impacts fish and their habitat.
The water is not treated, the Langley Environmental Partners Society points out, because it does not enter the domestic sewage system.
In urban areas, storm drains on paved streets and parking lots collect rainwater which includes debris deposited on roads, sidewalks and driveways.
It takes only one drop of motor oil to turn 50 litres of water unlivable for water species.
For the month of July residents can help the environment by taking part in the fourth Storm Drain Marking Challenge organized by LEPS.
Participants will be asked to mark storm drains with the iconic yellow fish that alerts the community that all drains lead to fish habitat. Prizes for the most drains marked will be awarded.
To find out more and to collect your storm drain marking materials contact Lina Azeez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-532-3517. www.leps.bc.ca/events.
LEPS is a non-profit, partnership-driven organization founded in 1993, to achieve the mission of protecting and restoring the natural environment through education, cooperation and action. Visit their website at www.leps.bc.ca