Yellow Fish For A Salmon Friendly Lawn
Every year local residents choose not to water their lawns in summer. The yellow fish displayed on their dry lawns and boulevards tells others that they are conserving water for salmon habitat in the Englishman River. They want to help minimize the effect of the low summer flows that decrease fish habitat and cause water temperatures to rise. We tend to use the most water when the river can least afford it.
MVIHES has been running a Salmon Friendly Lawn program for several years and has handed out hundreds of the yellow fish ornaments. To receive a yellow fish, the homeowner must pledge to not use pesticides on their lawns or water them from the tap. Project Coordinator, Faye Smith, explains, “Here on the East Coast of Vancouver Island, we live in a Mediterranean climate zone where we always experience a period of drought in late summer”. Because of that, grasses are used to going dormant then, so keeping lawns bright green should look “unnatural”.