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Salmon Tracks

Storm Drain Marking Kit

Curious about all those yellow fish painted on the road? They are called Salmon Tracks! Yellow fish painted beside a storm drain remind us that roadside drains flow directly into a creek where fish live. When a toxic substance goes down a storm drain it flows to creeks, waterways and the ocean putting aquatic life at risk in Surrey’s many waterways.

The Salmon Tracks storm drain marking program is a partnership with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Its purpose is to encourage the community to learn about salmon habitats and protect the water quality of our streams. Salmon Tracks is a fun and simple way to make your lasting mark on the City.

To participate in Salmon Tracks, we give you everything you, your family, or your group needs to mark drains in your neighbourhood.

Participate in the Storm Drain Marking Challenge

The challenge begins on Canada Day, July 1, 2018 and ends August 15, 2018.

The Storm Drain Marking Challenge is a chance for the community to paint as many yellow fish by the roadside drains as possible in 45 days. When you sign up you also get entered into a draw to win some great prizes.

Contact, or call 604-591-4321 to request a Salmon Tracks kit. You can pick it up any time during the challenge.

Salmon Tracks for Schools

Your school can get involved too! 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 in the field and contribute to cleaner waterways within your City and community.

Getting Started

  1. Contact, or call 604-591-4321 to request a Salmon Tracks kit.
  2. School and community groups 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 two weeks if you prefer to complete the activity at a different time.
  3. You will find a map of your neighbourhood and the location of the storm drains needing to be marked on the city website COSMOS map. Go to then search Salmon Tracks and look up your location to find drains that are unmarked (green) or need re-marking (yellow). Record the drains you mark on the list provided so that we can track them all throughout the City.
  4. On your storm drain marking day, your group will also be distributing door hangers to the neighbourhood 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.

Storm Drain Marking Locations

There are tens of thousands of storm drains around the City and more than 3,550 drains have been marked in past challenges. How do we know which ones are marked and which ones still need to have a yellow fish painted by it? Check out the City's COSMOS storm drain map to see where to plan your storm drain marking route. If you have any problems accessing the storm drain map, please call us at 604-591-4321.

The storm drains show up as red, yellow, or green fish-shaped dots on the map.

  • Green fish dots represent drains that need to be marked
  • Yellow fish dots represent drains that may need to be remarked
  • Red fish dots represent drains that have been marked

Remember to put safety first as you plan your route! Pick only storm drains on streets with low vehicle traffic.

Desktop Computer Instructions: Search Salmon Tracks then insert your address to find locations of storm drains are in your neighbourhood in need of marking.

Mobile Device Instructions: Search either by your address or your current location! Click on 'Slide to Show' and click on 'Layers & Legend' in the list.  Click Infrastructure toggle to 'ON' and zoom in by clicking '+' to show the fish dots on the storm drains.


Have a larger neighbourhood group, class or program that wants to mark storm drains? Contact, or call 604-591-4321 to request for free presentations, support and supplies.