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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



Native plant tips:


  • Late winter and early spring are a great time to incorporate native plants into your garden. 


  • Look for plant sales and nurseries that supply plants that are historic to the Willamette Valley.  These plants are well adapted to support our local wildlife and pollinators and don’t require pesticides or fertilizers to thrive. 


  • When planning your yard, try to incorporate a mix of ground cover, shrubs and trees to optimize habitat.  Plan based on your soil’s typical moisture levels without irrigation to avoid unnecessary irrigation once plants are established. 

Tips to welcome wildlife:

Naturescaping focuses primarily on native plants without sacrificing splendor. Consult the Native Plant Guide ( ) to choose the best plants for your particular setting and needs.

Native plants are adapted to our soil and climate, which means they need relatively little or no watering, fertilizing, or care once established. They are often less susceptible to common garden pests and diseases, and they provide important food and shelter for native insects, birds and butterflies, which help pollinate our crops and gardens.


  • Select plants with a variety of bloom times and heights,
  • Cluster low growing plants so that the pollinators will notice them more readily,
  • Add a water source for birds and bugs bird (a tray of water with pebbles for perching)
  • Leave some dead material on the plants and create a leaf and stick pile in your yard as food and nesting material sources

·Stick piles will help attract low-canopy insect foragers like sparrows, towhees, and wrens who are quite social and are fun to watch

  • Avoid using pesticides and read the label, as even natural products can be harmful to pollinators

TREEBATE- Learn how to get credit for planting yard trees!

Small Investment, Big Returns

Trees help keep rivers clean and people healthy. Environmental Services is investing with you in a cleaner, healthier Portland, one tree at a time.

Get a one-time credit on your City of Portland sewer/stormwater/water utility bill for planting a tree in your residential yard. Purchase, plant, and apply between September 1 and April 30.

For more information about Treebate, email or call 503-823-7640.



Sales and Discounts Metro Save $5 on native plants and trees Metro Coupon at local garden centers
Metro Native Plant Guidebook
Clean Water Services (WA County)  Free plants for Tualatin River Watershed streamside residents
City of Gresham & Fairview City of Gresham Healthy Streams Program Backyard Habitat Certification in Gresham. ** Mention KOIN TV when you sign up and receive an application reimbursement of $35.  Email Keri Handaly Other Resources: Oregon City Native and Nuisance Plant list
Clean Water Services Dig in and help keep our water clean.
City of Salem Learn about practical ways you can make a difference.
City of Lake Oswego Learn simple ideas for protecting our water.
Port of Portland Environmental programs Workshops: East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District  
Online Pesticide Directory Grow Smart, Grow Safe-An interactive directory to find safe alternatives to pesticides.
Metro's Online Calendar Metro's online calendar shows a full listing of all Metro natural gardening events sponsored by Do The Right Thing, plus other natural gardening events from around the region.
Natural gardening videos and how-to resources Get tips from Metro's natural gardening expert, download gardening guides and publications, watch videos and discover more great resources for learning to garden without harmful chemicals.
Shopping guides for gardeners Discover new resources for gardeners including reviews of lawn and garden products in the Grow Smart, Grow Safe guide and $5-off coupons for natural supplies and plants at 38 local retailers.
Natural gardening group presentations Schedule a free natural gardening presentation with a local garden expert for your club or community group.
Metro’s Online Calendar. Bring Back the Pollinators. Gresham Lawn and Garden Care.  
Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Hazardless Home Handbook (PDF, 865KB)
Outside of the Metro Region Call 1-800-RECYCLE OHSU Oregon Poison Center Request Mr. Yuck stickers by calling: 503-494-7799
Metro Metro Recycling Information 503-234-3000
Report illegal dumping City of Portland Spills Spill Hotline at 503-823-7180 Email
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 Here Email 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

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