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Media Release: Yellow Fish Road News Conference Scheduled for Friday, September 29, 2017

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Meewasin Valley Authority & Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin (PFSRB) invites all media to join us for a news conference to recognize World Rivers Day – Friday, September 29, 10:00 am, at Meewasin Valley Authority, 402 Third Avenue South. Media Release (09/28/2017) Saskatoon, SK - World Rivers Day is celebrated by millions of people annually in more than 60 countries. Traditionally held on the last Sunday in September, it is a celebration of the world’s waterways highlighting the values of rivers and the water that we use for recreation, drinking, growing food and cooking. To recognize the importance of our South Saskatchewan River, Meewasin & PFSRB want to bring attention to the fact that what goes into our city storm sewers flows directly into our South Saskatchewan River.

Since 1999, thousands of Canadian youth have participated in the Yellow Fish RoadTM program learning about the impacts of stormwater on their rivers. Painting the storm waters with yellow fish and distributing fish shaped brochures is a reminder of the importance of clean water and the proper disposal of waste. The program reinforces the concept that whatever goes into the storm sewer, including harmful products such as paints, motor oil, pesticides, herbicides, gasoline, antifreeze, paint thinner, pet waste and other common house products, do not go through our sewage treatment plant but flow directly into our river endangering fish and other aquatic life as well as human health and our ability to access clean water.

In Saskatoon, the Yellow Fish RoadTM program is a collaborative effort between Meewasin, PFSRB and the City of Saskatoon to increase public awareness of stormwater quality and improve stewardship of our river. In 2016 PFSRB had contact with 430 youth and adults painting storm sewers in 14 different neighborhoods of Saskatoon, providing 13 presentations to schools. A total of 379 storm drains were painted with Yellow Fish and 1750 informational door hangers were distributed. In 2017 we have undertaken 13 presentations to date, with more scheduled for this fall.

The news conference, Friday September 29, at the Meewasin Valley Authority, 402 Third Avenue South, will consist of a short program beginning at 10:00 am and will include a presentation by Montgomery School Science Trek students followed by the painting of city storm sewers located on the street outside the Meewasin building with yellow fish. Special guests will include experts on rivers and storm water management including Max Abraham Co-Chair of the Pike Lake Cottage and Water Association and staff from the City of Saskatoon, PFSRB and Meewasin.

For more information contact Doug Porteous at Meewasin or Sue Bouchard at PFSRB @ 306-665-6887


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