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Salmon Tracks - Storm Drain Marking

storm drain marking kit

Ever seen a yellow fish painted on the road?  That's Salmon Tracking! Every drain painted makes a difference and gets the message out that anything that goes into a roadside drain flows directly into a creek where fish live.

The program is in partnership with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) from the DFO Canada storm drain marking program to engage the community in learning about salmon habitat and finding ways to maintain our streams' water quality. It's a fun and simple way to make your lasting mark in the City.

We can give you everything you, your family, or your group needs to mark drains in your neighbourhood.  We are also here to help with any questions you have about the activity or if you want maps to show you where all the roadside drains are in your area.

Salmon Tracks for Schools

Your school can get involved too by learning about salmon habitat and finding ways to maintain our streams' water quality. Salmon Tracks connects a curriculum-based classroom presentation with hands on activities and fieldwork in your neighbourhood. It's a great chance to apply environmental concepts into the field and contribute to cleaner waterways within your City and community.

Getting Started

  1. Fill out and return the Salmon Tracks application form by email to or fax it to us at 604-591-8693. Contact the City of Surrey at 604-591-4321 if you have any questions.
  2. You will have the choice of receiving a 20-minute presentation all about the connection storm drains have to the environment. This can happen on the same day you wish to mark storm drains or at a more convenient time for your group. You will also be able to borrow the marking kit(s) for up to 2 weeks if you prefer to complete the activity at a different time.
  3. The City will provide a map of your neighbourhood and the location of the storm drains needing to be marked. The drains you mark should be recorded on the maps provided so that the City can track all the drains completed throughout the City.
  4. On your storm drain marking day, your group will also be distributing door hangers to the neighbourhood you mark storm drains to make the residents aware of the program and storm drains.
  5. Once drains have been marked, you and your group can feel proud for having participated in a program to keep Surrey’s streams healthy for you and the salmon!

Contact us at or call 604-591-4321 to sign up for a kit.  Also join us in the Storm Drain Marking Challenge this spring! Mark drains and get chances to win prizes! That's a win for you and the environment.

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