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20150420-pw-stormsewersWhatever you keep out of the storm drain, you keep out of our streams.

Water that washes off your property into the storm drain — runoff — doesn’t go to a treatment plant — it goes straight into our streams. Storm drains can become clogged with excess leaves, tree branches and trash, which can lead to storm drain back-ups that flood streets, your yard and possibly your basement! Storm drains can also transport fertilizers, pesticides, and car wash soaps into our local streams and eventually into the Willamette River, which is home to fish, birds and wildlife that depend on clean water sources to survive just as people do.  

You can do a lot to keep our waterways clean.  Here are some simple steps to keep your storm drain and your waterways clean:

  • Take your car to a car wash where the wastewater goes to the treatment plant, not the river.  If you must wash your car at home, park on gravel or grass.
  • Pick-up after your dog to keep their waste from washing into streams.
  • Limit your use of fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides.  These chemicals wash off your lawn releasing phosphorus into waterways causing algae to bloom, depleting oxygen and blocking sunlight in the water.
  • Sweep your driveway off instead of washing it.  Washing your driveway only speeds the flow of contaminants into our rivers and streams.
  • Sweep up harmful debris like grass clippings, cigarette butts, and other trash.
  • Only rake leaves into the street during leaf pickup days and compost lawn clippings.