Blue Spaces

Blue Spaces> noun

 'health-enabling places and spaces, where water is the centre feature providing habitat for wildlife and with the potential of promoting human well-being'

 

How Does Litter Impact Blue Spaces in Mission?

Mission is rich with blue spaces, or "watercourses", the most prominent being the Fraser River on which we're built. 

Litter that makes it on to our streets will eventually enter our watercourses by way of wind or storm drains. Once there it can clog storm drains and cause flooding, a tremendous cost to fix. Food scraps and other organic items are a breeding ground for bacteria creating algal blooms which reduce the amount of available oxygen for aquatic life.

DID YOU KNOW?  Streams are a direct route to the ocean

so our litter becomes a global issue.

The most commonly found items in watercourses include:

  • food packaging

  • bottles

  • plastics

  • green waste

  • Newspapers and other paper waste

Occasionally found items in watercourses include:

  • construction waste (mainly dry wall)

  • shopping carts

  • items from unsecured loads

  • household items

*should you find a hazardous waste please report directly to Mission Public Works at (604) 820-3761

 

How Can You Help Keep Our Blue Spaces Clean?

Stream Volunteers only conduct an in-stream clean-up during the in-stream works window as designated by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). Typically this is from August 15 to September 15. The window is the time of year when the risk of negative impacts to aquatic organisms is low. In-stream clean ups can occur outside of the window if the stream is dry.

  • Never litter!

  • Pick up litter you come across and dispose of it properly.

  • Follow the safe guidelines for cleaning in streams

  • Remove only human produced material. Do not disturb natural material as they provide important aquatic habitat.

  • ​Do not remove items that are embedded in the stream bed, disturbing dirt and soil in the stream can cause stress to fish downstream.

  • DO NOT remove invasive plants without speaking to the Fraser Valley Invasive Species Society

*Removing plants along a stream bed can destabilize the bank*

  • Make sure you properly secure the lids on your recycling and waste bins

  • NEVER put your bins out early

  • Report suspicious behaviour such as loitering vehicle

    • NEVER approach dumpers! Note down the following and report it to District of Mission Bylaws:​

      • Vehicle make and colour​

      • Number of people

      • Approximate age and description

      • Items they were seen dumping

      • License plate

 

Please see the District of Mission Bylaw Enforcement page for more information.​

  • Take any leftover household cleaning products and paint directly to the Mission Recycling Depot rather than storing them.

  • Avoid foul smelling areas, spills of unknown substances, or containers of hazardous or unidentified materials. In these instances, contact Environment Canada’s Observe Record and Report hotline at 604-666-6100 or DFO at 604-666-3500.

  • Share this information with others!

Mission Watercourses

MESS began a stream clean-up initiative under its adoption program in the fall of 2010 to address rising concerns about how litter was impacting sensitive aquatic habitats. All litter eventually reaches our waterways by wind or water and this is where litter has the most detrimental impact on our environment. Stream clean-up volunteer efforts raise awareness about the detriments of litter in the environment and help to reduce the amount litter that might otherwise cause distress to wildlife in the area.

Mission has several prominent watercourses and hundreds of streams, wetlands, and ravines. Below is a list of our most prominent watercourses.

Windebank Creek. Urban with access points. Private land owned by the Fraser Valley Conservancy. NO public access!

Please read the following management plan for further information: Windebank Creek Management Plan

Lane Creek. Urban with access points at 2nd Avenue and London Avenue. Issues with litter, dumping, and invasive

plants.

Silverdale Creek Wetlands. Urban with access from Silverdale Avenue. Wind blown litter from Lougheed Hwy and

littering at main parking lot. Waste receptacles available on trail. 

 

Stave River Wetlands.  No public access. Tidal wetlands providing valuable waterfowl and salmon habitat. Wind blown

litter from Lougheed Hwy and dumping at Silvermere Lake access road.

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