Fish a reminder to keep drains clean

05:00, Jun 08 2011
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Pet project: Springlands School pupils, from left, Mikaylea Peter, 10, Laura Rowberry, 10, Tineka Houra, 10, and Savannah Lawrence, 10, want people to remember where the water in their drains ends up.

It's World Ocean Day and the children at Springlands School in Blenheim are celebrating by challenging the town to keep its drains cleaner.

The school's Fish on Drains project started last year, when they fixed a plastic blue fish above a stormwater drain, reminding people not to pollute the waterways.

The project has gained support from the Marlborough District Council and the school now has 300 of the plastic blue fish to place on drains in Springlands.

Springlands School principal Gaylene Beattie said they wanted the project to become well known in the district. The fish are bluefish, a kokopu, and were studied by Room 8 when they went to Taylor River as part of the council's Waterways Programme.

Laura Rowberry, 10, was keen to spread the word about cleaning up drains in the region.

"We are trying to stop people polluting our drains," she said.

"We are an eco-friendly school."

Council environmental educator Ali Kay said the class had challenged Redwood Town School and Whitney Street School to take on the project too.

"We are hoping to spread the message further."

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