We Can All Protect the River, Everyday.

Promotable Report Card Share GraphicWhether you live on a farm or in a city, your actions make a difference to the health of the river and nearby streams.

Protect Streamside Vegetation

  • Keep existing streamside vegetation to improve water quality and provide habitat.
  • Remove weeds and plant native vegetation in their place.
  • Plant streamside vegetation where it is bare.

Prevent Water Pollution

  • Reduce bacteria: maintain septic tanks, pick up after pets, and keep farm animals and manure away from streams.
  • Reduce toxic chemicals: use chemicals efficiently, choose non-toxic or less-toxic alternatives, and follow the label for use and disposal.
  • Reduce soil erosion and runoff: plant ground cover on bare areas near streams, don’t overuse fertilizers, and plant a rain garden to reduce runoff from your home.
  • Dispose of unused medications responsibly: Drop off your unused medications at an appropriate site instead of flushing them down the toilet or tossing them in the garbage.

Protect River Channel and Floodplain Connections

  • Give the river room to move where possible and avoid placing structures in the active floodplain.
  • Protect the connection of side channels to the river.
  • Protect known cold water habitats and tributary confluence areas.

Conserve Water

  • Irrigate wisely – Use the most efficient form of irrigation available for landscaping and for crops.
  • Consume wisely – Use less water at home and at work.
  • Landscape appropriately – use native plants that are adapted to the Northwest climate.

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