Stormwater and Water Quality
You can help keep local waterways healthy
Anything on a roof, driveway, parking lot, sidewalk, and even your lawn or garden can be washed into a storm drain. It's up to all of us to connect the dots and keep pollution out of our waterways.
Pesticides and Fertilizers
- Reduce the use of chemicals in your yard. Learn about natural yard care with this grow smart guide
- Learn about safe pest management
- Learn about safe lawn care
- What to consider if you use yard chemicals and weed and feed
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- Pick up after your pets and toss waste into the garbage
- Join Canines for Clean Water and receive a free bandana
- Scoop the Poop!
- Use phosphate-free and biodegradable cleansers or just water
- Use rolled-up towels to divert wash water into a grassy or gravel area to allow the ground to filter pollutants
- Read our fact sheet for more tips on stormwater-friendly car washing
- To borrow a Fish-Friendly Carwash Kit for your carwash fundraiser, call 541-682-4929
- Start with dry absorbents, sweeping and vacuuming
- Filter runoff, divert it into landscaped areas, or pump it into the sanitary sewer to keep debris and chemicals out of storm drains
- Check out our factsheet for more information about stormwater-safe pressure washing
- Enjoy our video about pressure washing
Many business owners aren't aware of practices that can affect water quality. Learn how your business can protect water from common pollutants:
Have a spill that could enter the stormwater system? Please call 541-682-4800 during business hours, or 541-682-5111 to report it and get tips for safe clean up.