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Yellow Fish Road is a nation-wide environmental education program designed and managed by Trout Unlimited Canada. The Yellow Fish Road program's goal is to help Canadians understand that stormdrains are the doorways to our rivers, lakes and streams. Preventing pollutants from entering our stormdrains is critical to protecting and improving our watersheds, water quality and aquatic habitat.

Youth volunteers paint yellow fish symbols next to storm drains and distribute information to nearby households to remind residents that anything on the street or dumped into storm drains ends up in their local water body untreated. 

The OWC supports this program by supporting the communities that partner with Trout Unlimited to host this program in their area.

Yellow Fish Road Launch 2014

Youth from the Boys and Girls Club kicked off the 8th annual Yellow Fish Road Program on June 6, 2014 at the Aquaponics Building at Lethbridge College. The Yellow Fish Road Program is designed to create awareness on storm drain pollution and shares the message that "Rainwater Only" should be entering our storm drains, which lead directly to the Oldman River, and are untreated by local treatment plants. The program involves painting yellow fish by storm drains and hanging door hangers for awareness.

The youth received a presentation on types of pollution that can enter our storm drains, making their way to the Oldman River. Pollutants such as fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, garbage, soap, excessive amounts of dirt, oil, and gas can enter our storm drains and create water quality issues, affecting the aquatic life.

“It’s to show people not to put garbage or other liquids in sewer drains because it could kill wildlife in the river”
— Brooklynn Cain, a Grade 4 student at Galbraith Elementary school.
“We’re painting fish so people know not to put other liquids besides water down the sewer drain.”
— Melanie McQueen, a classmate of Brooklynn’s

This helps me realize that youth are listening and wanting to actively participate in creating such a strong visual message to the community. The youth then learned a little about water quality measurement techniques from the Lethbridge College, as well as got a tour of the fish and aquaponics operations. They enjoyed all aspects of the launch and are now familiar with the Yellow Fish Road Program and ways they can help to reduce storm drain pollution.

The Yellow fish Road was started in 1991 by Trout Unlimited Canada. In 2007, the City of Lethbridge and the Oldman Watershed Council became a Trout Unlimited Partner of the Yellow Fish Road Program, and has been going strong ever since! If you are interested, contact Stephanie Vehnon at