Volunteers and pupils from all over Wales are taking part in the Yellow Fish campaign and will be marking roadside drains with the Yellow Fish symbol for the next few weeks. Try and spot a Yellow Fish near you!
Keep Wales Tidy is offering free campaign kits providing all the necessary equipment to take part in the campaign. Yellow Fish is a fun and educational activity for schools and community groups, however, anyone can take part. Almost 100 campaign kits have been sent out but more people are needed to take part and raise awareness of water pollution all over Wales. If you care about the water quality of rivers, lakes and streams then join the Yellow Fish Campaign.
The campaign aims to stop people pouring oil, paints, solvents or chemicals into surface water drains or gullies on the side of the road.
Anything poured into these drains ends up in rivers and streams. Many people are unaware that these materials can poison fish and wildlife and smother plants - and because of the way these contaminants spread, it takes only a tiny amount to harm the water environment.
The oil from one car engine is enough to pollute a lake the size of two football pitches.
Joanna Friedli, Yellow Fish Project Co-ordinator, Keep Wales Tidy comments:
“Water pollution is a huge problem in Wales and we are delighted that so many schools and community groups are addressing the issue and raising awareness of water pollution in their local area. Let us know on Twitter or Facebook when you see a Yellow Fish in your neighbourhood.”
Yellow Fish in Wales is managed by Keep Wales Tidy and funded by the Environment Agency Wales.