Stormwater Education

Clean Water, It's Our Future - and it starts in your neighborhood.

In the Pacific Northwest, we have treasures that are worth protecting. Today, the main source of pollution in our local waterways comes from everyday activities that leave pollutants behind and get picked up in storm runoff and carried to our streams and waterways. However, there are many ways to help keep our water clean.

Everyday Activities Make A Difference

View the following topics to learn more about how you can prevent pollution while keeping our water safe for families, pets and wildlife.

Lawn care, landscaping, and pest control practices can be major contributors to stormwater pollution and also harm children and pets. By working with nature in your yard and garden, you can have a great looking landscape that's easier to care for and healthier for families, pets, wildlife and our great Northwest environment.

Fertilizers and Pesticides - More Is Not Better

  • Follow the manufacturer's directions precisely for mixing and applying herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides and use them sparingly
  • Never apply when it's windy or rain is expected, or over water, within 100 feet of a well, or adjacent to streams or other waterways.
  • Sweep up spills that fall on driveways and sidewalks before they can wash off.
  • When buying fertilizers, pesticides, or other chemicals, buy only the amount you need for your project. Share the leftovers with friends or neighbors or safely dispose of them at one of the two household hazardous waste disposal stations in Clark County. Disposal is free.

Watering - Water Your Landscape, Not the Sidewalk

When irrigation systems overwater or water sidewalks, driveways, and streets, the runoff picks up pollutants and transports them to our streams via the storm sewer. It's also a waste of water and money.

Ensure your irrigation system is only watering the landscape where it can infiltrate into the soil.

Weeds - Maximize Success

The most effective way to manage weed infestations is to use a combination of control methods specific to the problem weed, where it is in its growth-cycle, and the location where it is growing.

Prevention is better than control - The best control method of all is to prevent weeds in the first place. Weeds often invade due to overgrazing, bare soil, or other factors that should be corrected for the control measures to be fully effective.

Not all control methods are useful for all weed species, taking an integrated approach to weed management can greatly increase the effectiveness of your efforts. Weed control is not a one-time fix, your strategy should be practical, adaptable, cost-efficient, and effective.
For information about rain gardens, native plants, natural gardening and much more, visit Stormwater Partners.