Volunteers from Yate have been out learning about and raising awareness of water quality in the Bristol Frome.
Members from the local community teamed up to spray yellow fish stencils next to storm drains using a non-toxic, chalk-based paint to encourage conversations about the importance of only rain going down the drain.
Volunteers also put up posters explaining the consequences of pouring substances down the drain to help spread the message of how to prevent harming river wildlife in the future.
Storm drains on the side of roads link directly to the nearest river or stream, meaning that anything other than rain poured down the drain can have a significant impact on the water quality of local rivers.
Litter, car oils or shampoo, weedkillers or mop bucket wastewater are often poured down surface water drains and can be detrimental to river wildlife.
BART held a poster competition among local primary schools to educate the children on water quality in their local area, but also to provide the children with the opportunity to showcase their art skills on our campaign posters! The winners were chosen and their very informative and eye-catching work is now displayed at various sites in Yate alongside the yellow fish stencils.
BART will be leading more Yellowfish events with local schools and community in the near future, so keep an eye out on our social media for event updates.
Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers, Yate Town Council and South Gloucestershire Council who came out to support our local rivers.
Also thank you to Coop Local Causes for funding these events.
If you have any questions about the project, please email Rozy: Rozy@bristolavonriverstrust.org