Life in the Green Lane

Environmental journalist Candice Batista shares video clips and eco-savvy advice from her TV show, A Greener Toronto.

Last week I had the opportunity of joining more than 250 students from Secord Elementary School, located in Ward 31 (Beaches- East York), for the annual Trout Unlimited Canada's Yellow Fish Road™ program. The students along with Toronto and Region Conservation and other project partners where on hand to help more than 56,000 residents in the area make a connection with storm drains and the impact to local streams and lakes. If successful, the pilot program will be delivered throughout Toronto to help raise public awareness that the water that travels down most drains, including pesticides from lawns, detergents from car washes, or chlorine from drained pools, goes directly to lakes, rivers and streams without any purification. It's an important program as most people I talk too have no idea that what goes into a storm drain ultimately ends up in our lakes and rivers. Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC) introduced the Yellow Fish Road program in 1991 to educate the public about the impacts of pollution entering urban storm drains with painted yellow fish symbols beside the drains. The new pilot program will introduce new eye-catching yellow discs that will be stuck to curb tops adjacent to the storm drains. The new discs have a longer life span than their painted counterparts, and will also include a message that storm drains flow into rivers and lakes directly on the disc. Each disc will also have a contact phone number if a resident has a question about the program or storm drain. To date, over 220 communities across Canada have approved or implemented this water quality initiative. For more information visit www.yellowfishroad.org or www.trca.on.ca.