The Water…Do Your Part outreach campaign identifies simple things we can do to keep our rivers and streams healthy. Check out the local resources and Do Your Part!
Tip of the Month – Pressure Washing
Most people don’t realize that pressure washing can cause harm to our local streams and rivers. Fish are much more sensitive than humans to chemicals and fine sediment.
Here are some tips to help prevent pollution from being carried away:
Use an absorbent like baking soda or kitty litter for oil spills, sweep and place in the trash.
Sweep the area before you begin. Fine dirt washing into storm drains clouds the water and is harmful to fish.
Use rolled towels across your driveway to divert the water and give your landscaping a drink.
Place rolled towels around a nearby drain to capture debris and filter the water.
If you have to use chemicals with your pressure washer, use a shop vac and a helper to vacuum pooled water and dispose in your sink or bathtub. Indoor drains go to a wastewater plant to help clean the water before it gets released to a river.
Metro Metro Recycling Information 503-234-3000 Report illegal dumpingCity of Portland Spills Spill Hotline at 503-823-7180 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Lake Oswego Spills Weekdays (8:00 am to 5:00 pm) 503-675-3982) Outside normal working hours/weekends 503-635-0252 For Emergency response call 9-1-1 City of Gresham Spills Report hazardous spills by calling 9-1-1 Non-hazardous spills 503-618-2626 After hours 503-661-3906 Washington County Spills 24-hour response line 503-681-3600 If you would like to contact someone Click HereEmail us at Ask Us<Oregon City Spills Weekdays (7:00 am to 4:00 pm) 503-657-8241 Outside normal working hours/weekends 503-655-8211 For Emergency response call 9-1-1 City of Fairview To report hazardous spills call 9-1-1 To report nonhazardous spills, illegal dumping, or other stormwater concerns call 503.665.9320 City of Vancouver/Clark County Washington Department of Ecology: Spill Line: (360) 407-6300 Oil Spills (Toll Free): 1-800-OILS-911 City of Vancouver Water Resources Protection: (360) 487-7130 City of Vancouver Operations Center: (360) 696-8177 City of Vancouver After Hours Emergencies (After 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday or Weekends): (360) 693-9302