Learn more about why it is important to protect surface water and what you can do!
Adopt a drain! After choosing your storm drain or drains here, keep your drains clear of debris and litter between October and March in order to prevent local flooding and improve water quality in our region. To learn more visit the Adopt-A-Drain page.
Volunteer in the community to do projects that help salmon, such as planting native plants along rivers and streams or removing invasive plants.
Limit your water use. Leave more surface water for salmon.
Limit electric consumption. Electricity is produced at dams, which can block salmon migration. Limiting your electrical use decreases the demand for dam-generated electricity.
Reduce use of cleaning chemicals outside. Phosphates used in many cleaning supplies encourage plant growth in water, which use the oxygen fish need.
Take care when living near water.
Information was taken from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s "Your Impact on Salmon/Fish A Self-Assessment." (PDF)
Install a rain garden.
Use natural yard care.
Pick up pet waste and throw it away. Pet waste contains bacteria that can infect people and pets and impact recreation at Lake Ballinger.
Use a commercial car wash.
See how the Girl Scout Troop 44253 got involved with invasive species removal at Lake Ballinger!