Stormwater Information

Noticing rain gardens in your neighborhood? Thinking of one for your yard?

Rain gardens offer many advantages over the old stormwater pipe system. While both hold and carry water during the rainy season, rain gardens also filter some pollutants, soak up more water during the heaviest rains, recharge aquifers and attract wildlife.  

  • For a brief overview of how these gardens work, read our fact sheet or the article from our 2017 newsletter
  • If you are planning your own rain garden, we have a list of plants that we use for our public installations
  • If you'd like to see a rain garden in action, here's a map of the ones we maintain

Learn how you can help keep local waterways healthy

Anything on your roof, driveway, lawn and garden can be washed into a storm drain and end up swimming with the fishes. Follow these tips to reduce the pollution running off your property. 
Still wondering "what is stormwater?" Check out the Stormwater FAQs page.

Check out our latest newsletter for Spring 2017.

Pesticides & Fertilizers

Pesticides and Fertilizers


Pet Waste

Car Washing

 Car Washing

  • 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

Pressure Washing

 Pressure Washing

  • 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
  • Read our factsheet for more information about stormwater-safe pressure washing
  • Watch our video about pressure washing