Rethink your charity carwash for Orca Health Starts Here!
When you wash cars on pavement, the soap, oil, and other pollutants are washed into the storm drain and directly into our waterways.
Soap, oil, and car gunk are harmful to fish and other animals that live in the water. These pollutants destroy the protective covering on fish and injure or even kill them and their eggs. Even biodegradable soap pollutes water and needs to go through soil to properly break down.
What can you do? 1. Ideas to raise money for your charity: bit.ly/salmonfriendlyfundraisers 2. Buy and resell charity carwash tickets at www.CharityCarWash.org 3. Use a commercial car wash! 4. Wash on grass or landscaped area with cold water only. 5. Collect the wash water and pump it/dispose of it into the sanitary sewer drain connected to sewer (NOT septic). ... See MoreSee Less
Last month our Renton STREAM Team visited the Cedar River Watershed Education Center during Spring Break and were wowed by our local special wild places, and our unique cultural heritage, including a more than 640-year-old cross section of a Douglas fir. Field trips can still be a hit in cold, rainy and windy weather, but cross your fingers the sunshine holds for them during a low-tide beach walk at Seahurst this weekend! ... See MoreSee Less
Even with a sunny forecast, lots of people made it rain at the Backyard Wildlife Festival! An EnviroScape watershed model made it easy to see how runoff from dog waste, oil, fertilizers, pesticides and soap can affect marine animals in Puget Sound. Help improve local water quality with these tips! ... See MoreSee Less
Do you know an #OrcaHero? This kind of hero helps keep our waters and Puget Sound clean, and orcas healthy. Every action adds to cleaning up pollution that comes from our homes, neighborhoods and businesses. Post your #OrcaHero and tag us, @PugetSoundStartsHere so we can share their story. My personal fave action (eeeeyyooouuu): Picking up dog poop and throwing it in the trash. #Iloathpoopyshoes!!
Everyday heroes help our habitat by: > Avoiding pesticides and synthetic fertilizers > Removing invasive plants, like poison hemlock, knotweed, tansy ragwort and ivy > Using mulch, compost, and native plants in gardens > Conserving water in summer > Picking up litter > Reporting illegal dumping > Checking for and fixing car leaks > Helping restore habitat > Safely disposing of hazardous waste > Installing rain gardens! ... See MoreSee Less