A recently discovered stormwater pollutant from cars is killing local coho salmon at an alarming rate, but the source might not be what you expect. Fuel emissions? Oil leaks? Dirty car wash water flowing down storm drains into our waters? Worse: a highly toxic rubber preservative in tire wear particles called 6PPD-q. Local researchers, Washington … More Don’t wait to inflate! Checking tire pressure monthly helps drivers stay safer, save money – and save salmon
Hi! I’m Ry, and I want to share with you why I’m passionate about the intersection of stormwater, community science, and youth stewardship. I became passionate about these issues while working with the community group Duwamish Valley Sustainability Association (DVSA) on a project called Juntos Podemos Cuidar Nuestro Río Duwamish (‘Together We Can Care for … More Community Science on the Duwamish River: Empowering Youth to Take Stormwater Action
We celebrate Puget Sound Starts Here Month every September by our everyday actions. Our newest videos show some easy ways to join in and help reduce pollution. These videos are available to share in Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish and English. Find and share them on our YouTube channel. Our everyday activities impact our environment, where we live, … More Join Us in Celebrating Puget Sound Starts Here Month
With three small changes to how we drive and take care of our cars, we can keep pollution out of our creeks, lakes, rivers and Puget Sound. When it rains, pollution from cars wash into storm drains. Storm drains do not lead to a treatment plant but directly to local streams, lakes, rivers, and Puget Sound. Pollutants like oil, car wash soaps and chemicals, and bits of tire dust are bad for water quality and harm people and wildlife, like salmon and orcas, that depend on clean water to survive. … More Celebrate Clean Water During Puget Sound Starts Here Month
Short videos on how dangerous bacteria and chemicals get picked up by stormwater, how it flows to our local waterbodies, and small changes we can make to our daily lives that could make positive impacts to our ecosystems. … More Stormwater Runoff – A Quest for Hope
We are working on a program to help you to create a feature on your property that helps clean and store rainwater Raingardens and cisterns, have been successfully built in places like Seattle through the Rainwise program, but how feasible are these Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) projects and an incentive program in King County’s unincorporated … More Does it rain where you live in unincorporated King County?
We are usually awash in May with Puget Sound Starts Here Month, but like all of us, we are adapting to the changes COVID-19 made to our lives. We moved our celebration to September to prevent taking attention from public health guidance at the start of the pandemic. September is here, and we want to … More Celebrate Puget Sounds Starts Here Month!