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Living on a Creek - Backyard Stewardship
Take care of creeks from your backyard
You can help people, creeks and wildlife by following these landscaping, water quality and water conservation tips.
- Practice Salmon Friendly Gardening by choosing native plants and reducing pesticide and herbicide use. For more native plant suggestions, refer to the Washington Native Plant Society.
- Improve the health of your lawn without using chemicals with Natural Lawn Care.
- Use compost and mulch: Grow Healthy Soil with compost to improve water quality and decrease run off. You can even make compost and mulch at home with yard waste and food scraps.
- Reduce run-off, which can carry sediment and chemicals into creeks, with Smart Watering. You can also save water with Efficient Irrigation.
- Reduce impervious surfaces, or surfaces that don’t absorb water, on your property.
Protect Water Quality
- Protect your creek’s water quality by Storm Drain Stenciling.
- Report Surface Water Quality Problems such as leaking automobiles, concrete dumped in the street, or paint in the drain.
- Learn ways to keep water safe and clean.
- Save water at home and at work to keep water in our reservoirs and rivers, which provide habitat for fish and other wildlife.