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Resource Conversation 7

Install visual icons for club drains

Why - Stormwater pollution is the number one source of water pollution in the world. We live in a landscape surrounded by beautiful creeks, rivers and bays, each important to our everyday life. It's up to us to make sure we keep our water clean and healthy today and in the future. Fast food wrappers, cigarette butts, styrofoam cups, plastic bottles, toxins, used motor oil, antifreeze, pesticides, pet waste etc. are all picked up by flowing water such as rain water, washdown hoses and more. 

Making people aware of what goes into the drains ends up in our streams, rivers and oceans is hugely important in reducing pollution.

How – Use this as an opportunity to create a legacy for your club. Get your junior sailors involved and connect with local groups, councils and schools to help mark each drain with a visual reminder to prevent pollutants entering the marine environment through drains.

Identify which drains within your club grounds and surrounding facilities (eg carparks) lead to streams, waterways and the sea.

See the resource guide for more information.

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