Yellow Fish Road

What is Yellow Fish Road?

This educational program creates community awareness about the impact of household hazardous waste on the health of Hamilton Harbour. Presented by BARC, in partnership with Trout Unlimited Canada, Yellow Fish Road™ volunteers mark storm drains with painted fish symbols and disks that carry the message “Only Rain Down the Drain”. They also deliver flyers to nearby mailboxes to spread the Yellow Fish Road™ message.

Why Bring YFR™ to Your Classroom or Community Group?

The water quality of Hamilton Harbour is important for the many kinds of wildlife that call the bay home. The dumping of hazardous waste into storm drains is a significant source of water pollution. Once in the sewer system, it is either sent directly to a creek or the Harbour, or to the wastewater treatment plant (which eventually discharges to Hamilton Harbour too). Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to handle hazardous materials. Yellow Fish Road™ creates awareness about human interaction with the environment and our potential to have a negative or positive impact.

Your Yellow Fish Road™ event will also include an in-class presentation in addition to the outdoor marking activity. The length and content of the presentation is adaptable to your schedule but it is ideal to allow 1 to 1.5 hours for the marking. 

Yellow Fish Road™ Curriculum Links:

Grade 3 • Oral Communication
Grade 4 • Habitats and Communities
              • Oral Communication
              • People and Environments, Political and Physical Regions of Canada
Grade 5 • Oral Communication
Grade 6 • Biodiversity
              • Oral Communication
Grade 7 • Interactions in the Environment
              • Oral Communication
              • Natural Resources around the World: Use and Sustainability
Grade 8 • Water Systems
              • Oral Communication  
              • Global Settlement: Patterns and Sustainability
Grade 9 Applied • Applied Sustainable Ecosystems and Human Activity
Grade 9 Academic • Sustainable Ecosystems
Grade 11 University • Diversity of Living Things
Grade 11 University/College • Environmental Sciences, Human Health and the Environment
Grade 11 Workplace • Environmental Sciences, Human Impact on the Environment
                                    • Environmental Sciences, Human Health and the Environment 
Grade 12 University • Chemistry, Organic Chemistry
Grade 12 University/College • The Environment and Resource Management, Human-Environment Interactions
Grade 12 Workplace • General Science, Chemicals in Consumer Products
                                    • Environment and Resource Management, Human-Environment Interactions
For more information or to register, please email Christine Bowen at