Environment Agency uses 'yellow fish' to fight FOG
The Environment Agency is using yellow fish to alert people on the Kent coast to what happens when they pour fat, oils or other waste down their yard drains or road gullies.
Teams visited Walpole Bay in Margate and Viking Bay in Broadstairs, where they painted yellow fish symbols next to drains carrying surface water into the sea. Their aim is to remind residents and business owners how pollution can travel directly into the ocean.
Working with Thanet District Council and Southern Water, on 13 July they stencilled the fish symbols on and around the covers of road drains along the towns’ promenades.
It is part of a national campaign by the Environment Agency to raise awareness of the importance of keeping the country’s bathing waters clean, supported by the mantra ‘Only rain down the drain!’.
Alan Cansdale, environment manager for the Environment Agency, said: "It has been great having the opportunity to work with local people, who also use and enjoy the local bathing waters.
"The Yellow Fish campaign is a simple and effective way of showing everyone that by making small changes we can all help to reduce pollution entering our rivers and seas which in turn helps to keep the local bathing water clean."
Councillor Jason Savage, deputy leader for Thanet District Council, said: "Our partnership work with the Environment Agency and Southern Water has enabled us to highlight the important role that residents, visitors and businesses play in keeping Thanet’s beaches clean. The Yellow Fish campaign is a fantastic way to help get this message across.
Rob Butson, bathing water manager for Southern Water, said: "It’s vital we all work together to protect our beautiful beaches and bathing waters. Campaigns like Yellow Fish really help engage the community and spread the message that only rain should go down the drain!
"We’re proud to work in partnership with the Environment Agency and the Council to help play our part in improving bathing water quality across our region."
- May Gurney fast tracks contract mobilisation May Gurney has taken over a £10M a year contract with Severn Trent Water (STW) and completed the fast track mobilisation... Read More >
- Major Newcastle flood scheme complete A major scheme to tackle flooding in Brunton Park, Newcastle, is complete. Read More >
- HR Wallingford becomes part of EA WEM framework The Environment Agency (EA) has selected HR Wallingford to be part of its Water and Environment Management (WEM)... Read More >
- Flushed with success: FOG and Unflushables Southern Water's FOG and Unflushables programme has brought a significant improvement in the state of its sewers. Robin... Read More >
- Will SfA8 make as big a splash as hoped? Martin Lambley, product manager for stormwater management at Wavin, looks at whether Sewers for Adoption 8 will meet... Read More >
- Developing ideas: Thames Water's innovative sewer plan Thames Water is radically re-engineering an Oxfordshire market town's sewer network to help developers prepare for... Read More >
- Brexit, WWII, ancient artefacts: Southern Water's testing sewer project Southern Water's £2.5 million project to replace an 800m stretch of sewer main in Kent was complicated by - among other... Read More >
- Tyre microplastics pollution: Ignore it or remove it? Tyre microplastics is one of the largest sources of pervasive pollution in the water environment, yet consistently ignored... Read More >