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Take the Dip with Us!

Citizens are heading out all around the City to Take the Dip and take action against water pollution in our creeks, streams and rivers. Join us as we gather a snap shot of water quality in Surrey's waterways.

Watch the Ansley Family above in their YouTube video above as they participated in a past Take the Dip event! Mr. Ansley commented,

"My wife and I love to expose our kids to new things and enjoy educating them on subjects relating to where we live […] We appreciate initiatives like this that combine getting outside, science and learning, but also adding the chance to get a little bit creative."

Surrey’s ‘Take the Dip’ supports local and worldwide initiatives undertaking watershed protection awareness programs. The results of each Dip will help us pinpoint pollution concerns that can affect the habitats of local salmon, trout and other aquatic bugs and plants.  The more Dips we get the better chance we have at taking action to support our healthy water habitats!

One Day, One Dip. Make a Difference.

You can take the Dip once or you can do it several times, every little bit helps. This year, World Rivers Day falls on September 24, 2017. Show your support for local rivers and Take the Dip! Hundreds of people participate annually.

Have a school group or community group that is interested in being a part of an ongoing stream assessment project? Check out the Dip for Groups and Classes to learn about presentations and activities supplied to schools who decided to take the Dip. We can answer any questions you have at

How to take the dip

Dip Results

When you are finished with your Dip kits, we encourage you to mail in or drop them off as soon as possible so that your Take the Dip efforts can be included with the rest of the test results and make the most of the information collected.  Remember to drop the kits off to participating Surrey Facilities as they can be refilled and used again.

See the table of Take the Dip 2015 positive dip results and learn more about what these test results mean.

Where the Dip Results Go

Your dip will help protect little Coho salmon fry as well as many other aquatic species of salmon, trout, bugs and plants all over the City.

Once all the mail-back postcards are returned, a summary spreadsheet with results around the City will be posted on this page and the information will also be forwarded to national and international organizations, such as Evergreen Canada - Uncover Your Creeks (Tynehead - Evergreen hosts monthly sampling in Tynehead Park in Surrey!), the World Water Monitoring Challenge and the Freshwater Watch. Visit their websites if you are looking for more information about other water quality awareness campaigns being undertaken locally and around the world. There are also more City fish programs, such as SHaRP for students.

Water Pollution

Even if the water ‘looks’ clean it may have small amounts of a pollutant or chemical in it that can affect how well salmon, trout, and other aquatic bugs and plants can live in the stream or creek. Everything that makes its way through a storm drain on the street goes to a nearby stream or creek.

If you see a spill or pollution concern call the Service Request Hotline at 604-591-4152 (24hrs)

Group taking the DIP

The Dip for Groups & Classes

Check this for specialized Dip Action Projects for organized groups and school classes

Understanding the Dip Results

Understanding the Dip

Know what your dip tests say about our local streams and creeks.

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