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The first step toward protecting aquatic ecosystems - streams and wetlands - is education. That is why the City of Port Moody, in partnership with industry, stream stewardship groups, schools, and developers have started a citywide fish habitat signage program.

The City has numerous streams that flow into the Port Moody Arm of Burrard Inlet. Many of these are salmon bearing streams containing diverse and productive natural ecosystems. Through education, residents can recognize the delicate nature of these ecosystems and the importance of clean water, clean land and clean air.

Signage can promote awareness and create respect for a community resource that may have been forgotten, taken for granted or perhaps never discovered. As our population continues to grow, development is impacting on our natural resources and encroaching upon fragile ecosystems. The economic and environmental values of these resources must be preserved for future generations.

The City has incorporated the stylized yellow salmon figure, adopted by many groups throughout the province, as the focal point on our signs. These signs display the name of the stream, stream stewardship partners (these are people working within that watershed) and Provincial Emergency Program contact number, 1-800-663-3456. The 24-hour contact number allows residents a chance to report any situation that may compromise the health of a stream.

The combined effects of prohibited substances being dumped into City storm drains can result in incremental and cumulative impacts to our streams. Common prohibited substances include: dirt, oil, grease, paint, fuel, solvent and soap. Port Moody residents can return leftover paints, solvents, flammable liquids, pesticides and gasoline to:

Biggar Bottle Depot
2577 Kingsway Avenue
Port Coquitlam
Phone: 945-3313

To date, the City and its partners have installed 30 signs at 15 road crossings over Port Moody streams. Two signs are installed at each crossing; one for each direction of traffic. Watch for more signs identifying different streams in the future.

For more information e-mail Environmental Services or call 604.469.4610.
 
Last updated: 03/04/2014 11:13:24 AM