We encourage you to join us in working to reduce the contamination of our local waterways by taking steps to reduce your personal impact and by participating in community planning to address stormwater contamination problems.
- Reduce your stormwater runoff by building a raingarden or installing a cistern. Seattle Public Utilities is offering qualifying Ballard residents a rebate of up to $3.50 per square foot of stormwater diverted from the sanitary sewer into an approved raingarden or cistern. Check out the details at the Seattle Rainwise website.
- Maintain your garden and yard without the use of chemicals. Try natural yard care and green gardening. Take advantage of the Grow Smart, Grow Safe web site; and resources from Seattle Public Utilities and King County Solid Waste Division..
- Reduce the use of toxic products in your home. Replace the use of toxic and hazardous cleaning products with less hazardous and non-toxic alternatives.Green cleaning recipes Green cleaning tips
- Reduce your car’s pollution footprint. Cars are a leading contributor of toxins in Puget Sound. If your car is leaking fix the leak. If the engine is running roughly, fix it. When your car needs to be washed, take it to a car wash that treats the wash water; don’t wash it on your driveway where the soapy water will rain into a storm drain. As much as possible, walk, bike or take public transit.
- Pick up and properly dispose of pet waste. Improperly disposed of dog poop and other pet waste is a significant source of water contamination. If you have a dog or cat,, pick up and properly dispose of their poop. Short video.
- Properly dispose of hazardous waste. If you do have hazardous products in your home, store them inside, out of the rain, and away from drains. Dispose of your household hazardous wastes at no charge at the North Seattle Household Hazardous Waste Collection Site at 130th and Aurora or take it to one of the other collection sites provided by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.
- Conserve water, especially when it is raining.The less water you send down the drain the less will end up in our local waterways.
- Join the community conversation about how to deal with our combined sewer overflows. If you want to be added to our mailing list, please contact LizTennant@aol.com