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Storm Drain Marking Challenge

Family storm drain marking

Storm Drain Marking Challenge



July 1, 2019 to August 15, 2019

Lauren Petersen

Kids and Family Parks and Environment Seniors Youth


Presented by:

City of Surrey

Salmon Tracks

Join the challenge! Protect the streams and creeks that Surrey's salmon and trout call home.

Mark storm drains to help raise awareness that only rain should go down storm drains. These drains all lead to local streams and creeks.

Borrow a Kit

From June 28 to August 15 you can sign out a free storm drain marking kit at many of Surrey's Recreation Facilities.  Ask at the front counter for the sign up form and they'll give you a kit full of supplies to complete the challenge. Look for kits at any of the locations listed below:

You will need to be 18 years of age or older to sign out a kit, or have parental/guardian consent.  If you would like to speed up the kit pick up process you can fill out the waiver form ahead of time.


Participants will get a thank you gift (one per family) and a chance to win prizes. Prizes include a Guildford Town Centre Gift Card, Surrey Recreation admission passes and litterless lunch kits.

There are three ways to win:

  1. Random Prize draw: return the storm drain marking kit and prize draw ballot to any of the participating Surrey Recreation Facilities by August 30, 2019.
  2. Most Drains Marked: based on your tracking sheet submitted by August 30, 2019.
  3. Best Photos: submit photo entries to by August 30, 2019.

Salmon Centennial Medal

Have you taken part in the Storm Drain Marking Challenge for multiple years? When you mark 100 storm drains we want to thank you with a Salmon Centennial Medal! If you have taken part over a couple years of challenges we keep records and will contact you when you have reached 100 storm drains.

Where to Mark Storm Drains

Find the drains that need to be marked and plan your route. Remember to consider safety first as you plan your route! Pick only storm drains on streets with less vehicle traffic.

Check out the City's COSMOS map to see where to plan your storm drain marking route. There will be three colours on the map:

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

If you have questions about the map call 604-591-4321.

COSMOS Map Desktop Computer Instructions: Insert your address to start searching where storm drains are in your neighbourhood. Select 'City Map' and zoom in by clicking '+' to show the fish-shaped dots on the storm drain locations.

COSMOS Map 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 the Infrastructure toggle to 'ON' and zoom in by clicking '+' to show the fish-shaped dots on storm drains.