Yellow fish appear in Pierrefonds-Roxboro

Initiative urges citizens to protect water

By Kevin Woodhouse

It was appropriate that last week’s event in Pierrefonds-Roxboro to sensitize citizens about urban storm drain water pollution took place at Brook Park last Thursday morning.

Members of the 14th World Scout Moot, which comprises young adults from a number of scouting organizations, gathered together with Councillors Jim Beis and Christian Dubois, to paint Yellow Fish beside manhole covers near Brook and Versailles Park, about 40 in total.

The more than 100 adolescents also gave out yellow fish style info pamphlets advising residents why the stencils were done near the covers which, according to the borough’s press release, was to “to raise awareness among citizens about urban storm-water pollution.

“Urban storm-water pollution is the biggest source of pollutants in rivers, streams and lakes. Storm drains are the grates found next to the curb and collect runoff waters from the street,” the release noted. “Usually, storm drains empty directly into local waterbodies, untreated. Especially during snowmelt and springtime rains, litter, sediments and chemicals can end up in the local streams through the storm water system.”

“Again this year, young people from here and abroad join together for the protection of rivers, lakes and streams. I congratulate and applaud their initiative,” said Pierrefonds-Roxboro Mayor Monique Worth. “The Yellow Fish Road is a very important environmental campaign who aims to protect water.”

“Community involvement is alive and well when so many young people, not only in our community but across Canada, become leaders and make a difference by educating our population,” said Beis. “It is a pleasure being involved again in this environmental project. Their innovative and proactive approach has led to countless yellow fishes identifying storm drains as sources of natural water and to eliminate the polluting of our water quality entering our lakes and rivers.”

The initiative was done in part with NGO Trout Unlimited Canada who work to protect Canada’s vast fresh water deposits.

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