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Help Us Keep Our Storm Drains Free of Contaminants

New storm drain marking program in effect
Public Works
September 24, 2020

Help us keep our storm drains free of contaminants! 

Over the last several months, City of Terrace staff and the officers from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans have noted dead coho salmon fry in a small stream that originates at the junction of Graham Avenue and Eby Street. The stream flows into the Skeena River and provides important rearing habitat for juvenile salmon.   

Officers have been unable to determine the exact cause of the fish mortalities but suspect that deleterious (harmful) substances are entering the city storm drainage infrastructure that empties into the stream.   

The City has started a storm drain marking program in the area. Storm drains that lead to this or other streams will be marked with a yellow fish. The storm drain marking initiative’s goal is to increase awareness for local residents of the sensitivity of fish and their habitats and to reduce or stop harmful substances from entering the waterways. Our Public Works crews are marking drains as the weather and availability permits. 

If you have any information regarding the possible source of these fish kills, please call the Department of Fisheries and Oceans toll-free at 1-800-465-4336.

 

Note: This story has been updated as of September 30 with the correct toll-free number for DFO.

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