What Can I Do to Help
1. Volunteer in the community to do projects that help salmon such as planting native plants along rivers and streams or removing invasive plants. Contact your local lead entity, salmon enhancement group, or stream team.
2. Limit your water use and leave more for salmon.
- Use as little water as possible for washing, cleaning, flushing, showering, etc.
- Water gardens and lawns in early morning and evening when more water is absorbed and less is wasted.
- Use native plants in landscaping, which require less water.
- Use a mulching lawn mower. Set lawnmower to 2-3" height to get deeper, healthier grass roots that will retain moisture.
- Buy energy efficient electrical appliances.
- Avoid use of weed killers. Pull weeds by hand.
- Store chemicals in original containers, which are sealed and covered and where there is no chance for them to leak into the soil or storm drains.
- Landscape with pest-resistant plants so you won’t need bug and weed killers.
- Never pour left-over chemicals down drains.
- Use slow release natural fertilizers.
- Use only low phosphate detergents for cleaning your house.
- Pump septic tank every 2-3 years. Inspect annually. Avoid flushing non-biodegradable items and toxics.
- Never dump waste in storm drains, especially oils, paints, antifreeze, because they drain directly into rivers and lakes and can kill fish.
- Sweep driveways and sidewalks with a broom, not the hose. Washing sidewalks and driveways sends car pollutants into storm drains and then into rivers and ground water.
- Wash car on lawn; so water won’t drain to street or storm drains. Or go to a commercial car wash where waste water is recycled.
- Scoop up all pet poop and flush down toilet. Pet waste is a major source of water pollution.
- Plant native plants along streams. The plants shade the water for salmon.
- Use natural ground cover or porous materials such as gravel or bark instead of asphalt and concrete for paths and driveways.
- Try to keep shorelines as natural as possible. Watch this short animated movie about the effects bulkheads have on fish.
- Ensure roof runoff soaks into the ground. Avoid piping to ravines or streams as it causes erosion.
Information was taken from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s “Your Impact on Salmon/Fish A Self-Assessment.”