How do I support a healthy watershed?

We all live in a watershed, and the choices we make on a daily basis can add up to positively or negatively impact the health of our water, air, and wildlife habitat. Here are some choices we all can make to support watershed health!

  • Landscaping Actions

    • Remove invasive plants
    • Remove seeds from invasive plants if unable to remove the plants completely
    • Before hiking or working in a natural area, use a shoe brush to wipe shoe treads so they aren't accidentally carrying invasive seeds in
    • After hiking or working in an area known to have invasive plants, use a shoe brush to wipe shoe treads to avoid accidentally taking invasive seeds or plant parts home
    • Control erosion
    • Plant native species
  • Toxics Reduction Actions

    • Take a Naturescaping for Clean Rivers or Metro/OSU Extension Natural Gardening workshop to learn how to reduce chemicals AND yard maintenance at home!
    • Check out Metro's Green Cleaners guide to replace household cleaners with beneficial alternatives.
    • Wash cars at a local car wash, which recycles waste water. If washing at home, park the car on the lawn where water will soak into the ground rather than on pavement, where it will run into the stormwater system and down to the creek.
    • See how yard & garden products compare to others with Metro's Grow Smart, Grow Safe guide.
    • When using yard & garden chemicals is unavoidable, read the label carefully and follow instructions EXACTLY. NEVER OVERAPPLY CHEMICALS. When finished using it, take the remaining product to a Metro transfer station.
    • In 2013, Metro will accept unwanted pesticides free of charge at its transfer stations!
    • Donate unused paint to Metro for recycling.
  • Outdoor & Transportation Actions

    • Walk!
    • Bike!
    • Carpool!
    • Take public transit!
    • Watch birds and other wildlife in the yard or local natural area!
    • Meet the neighbors!
    • Most of all, just have fun outdoors!

Have a suggestion to add to this list? Email the Watershed Center.