Stormwater and Water Quality

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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. This car wash video shows how to reduce pollution running off your property.

Rain garden by corner of a house

Rain Gardens

New to these natural water-treatment facilities? Learn how rain gardens work by reading our fact sheet or the article from out 2017 newsletter.

Have one at home or on your street? Visit our rain garden resources page for information about the structure, plants and maintenance of these features. 

Hand spraying pesticide on plant

Pesticides and Fertilizers

Funny dog holding bag of poop

Pet Waste

Hand washing a car

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 a sidewalk

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