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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.

Storm Drain Marking Challenge

Each summer, Surrey hosts the Storm Drain Marking Challenge, which is a chance for the community to paint as many yellow fish by the roadside drains as possible in 45 days in July and August.

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

  • Contact or call 604-591-4321 to request a Salmon Tracks kit.
  • 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.
  • Find a map of your neighbourhood and the location of the storm drains needing to be marked on COSMOS
  • 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.
  • 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. Check out COSMOS to see where to plan your storm drain marking route.

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.

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.


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.