In 1995, the BCIT Environmental Action Centre marked Burnaby campus storm drains with painted yellow fish to create awareness about water pollution and fisheries habitat. The yellow fish remind us that whatever we put on the road makes its way into Guichon Creek, which flows through and under the campus, to join other streams and rivers.
Just one drop of motor oil can make 50 litres of water unlivable for water species. To be truly sustainable, BCIT wastewater must be usable as habitat; it must not be tainted with materials that threaten, or are toxic to, wildlife.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada developed Storm Drain Marking as a conservation and education project, often implemented by volunteers and individuals just like you. This simple activity moves BCIT toward more than one of the BCIT aspirational sustainability goals.
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