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  • Writer's pictureNepahwin Lake Watershed Stewardship Group

Yellow Fish Road

Thank You LEP students!

In late September, 18 Grade 11 Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School (LEP) students painted 78 storm drains with a yellow fish and the message “Rain Only”. This collaboration between LEP, Nepahwin Lake Watershed Stewardship Group, Junction Creek Stewardship Committee with support from the Greater Sudbury Lake Stewardship Grant Program delivered Trout Unlimited Canada’s Yellow Fish Road™ to inform students and Lo-Ellen residents that ‘only rain goes down the drain’.

Rock salt, fertilizer, litter, soap, pet feces and cleaners running off lawns and driveways during rain events or snow melts account for much of the residential contaminants entering storm drains; and hence the lake. Under the Sewer Use By-law 2010-188, draining an outdoor swimming pool either directly or indirectly into a storm sewer can lead to a fine up to $5,000 per day for a first offence. Corporations can be fined up to $50,000 per day for a first offence.

To view the press release of the LEP Yellow Fish Road activity:

LEP students, Abigail Bourdon and Audrey Seaton, remind Lo-Ellen Park residents that anything but rainwater going down storm water drains enters Nepahwin Lake and can reduce water quality. Photo courtesy LEP/ RDSB.

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