How You Can Get Involved
1. Volunteer in the community to do projects that help salmon such as planting native plants along rivers and streams or removing invasive plants.
2. Limit your water use to leave more water for salmon.
- Use as little water as possible for washing, cleaning, flushing, showering, etc.
- Water gardens and lawns in early morning and evening when more water is absorbed and less is wasted.
- Use native plants in landscaping, which require less water.
- Use a mulching lawn mower. Set lawnmower to 2-3" height to get deeper, healthier grass roots that will retain moisture.
- Buy energy efficient electrical appliances.
- Avoid use of weed killers. Pull weeds by hand.
- Store chemicals in original containers, which are sealed and covered and where there is no chance for them to leak into the soil or storm drains.
- Landscape with pest-resistant plants so you won’t need bug and weed killers.
- Never pour leftover chemicals down drains.
- Use slow release, natural fertilizers.
- Use only low phosphate detergents for cleaning your house.
- Never dump waste in storm drains, especially oils, paints, antifreeze, because they drain directly into rivers and lakes and can kill fish.
- Sweep driveways and sidewalks with a broom, not the hose. Washing sidewalks and driveways sends car pollutants into storm drains and then into rivers and ground water.
- Wash car on lawn; so water won’t drain to street or storm drains. Or go to a commercial car wash where waste water is recycled.
- Scoop up all pet poop, bag it, and put in the garbage. Pet waste is a major source of water pollution.
- Plant native plants along streams. The plants shade the water for salmon.
- Use natural ground cover or porous materials such as gravel or bark instead of asphalt and concrete for paths and driveways.
- Ensure roof runoff soaks into the ground. Avoid piping to ravines or streams as it causes erosion.
Information was adapted from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s “Your Impact on Salmon/Fish A Self-Assessment.”
Natural Yard Care
Why Natural Yard Care
Rain washes pesticides and fertilizers off lawns and gardens into nearby storm drains and local waterways. Natural yard care techniques will grow healthy, beautiful, and easy-to-care-for yards and gardens that are safer for your family, pets, and the environment. Natural Yard Care resources.
Five Easy Steps to Natural Yard Care
Download the Natural Yard Care guide to learn how to put these steps into practice. This guide provides a handy calendar for you to follow each season.Natural Yard Care guide