01 August 2011
A campaign has been launched to raise awareness about how Islanders can protect Jersey's water environment.
The Blue Fish Campaign aims to increase public awareness about pollution and the damaging effects that can be caused by putting polluting substances such as paints, detergents, oils and litter into road drains that flow into Jersey's reservoirs, streams and ponds.
The campaign was launched by the Department of the Environment, Eco-Active and Jersey Water and has been designed to enable Island schools, businesses and States of Jersey departments to all get on board. Those that join are invited to create a pollution prevention action plan. It's hoped the plan will help them identify pollution risks on their site and take action to reduce them.
As part of the campaign, a picture of a blue fish will be stencilled next to selected drain covers on school and business premises around the Island to highlight that they're connected to streams, drinking water reservoirs or the sea - and should only carry rainwater.
The Minister for Planning and Environment, Deputy Rob Duhamel said “The Eco-Active - Blue Fish Campaign recognises the advantage of working with schools, businesses and States of Jersey Departments so that they understand about pollution and can take steps to stop it. Selected drains that carry surface water will have a picture of a blue fish stencilled next to them. This signifies that they are connected to a stream, reservoir or the sea. In doing this it is hoped that participants can help prevent pollution entering Jersey’s watercourses."
If your school, business or States department wants to become involved with the Blue Fish Campaign or you'd like further information, contact Environmental Protection on tel: 441600 or visit: www.gov.je/bluefishcampaign