Whether 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.
- 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.
Get involved and make a difference!
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