Learn more about why it is important to protect surface water and what you can do!
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.
Limit pesticide Use. Fertilizers reduce good fish habitat by encouraging the growth of plants in water that deplete oxygen for fish.
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)
Fix car leaks. Don’t drip and drive.
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.
Report illegal dumping.
Adopt a Drain program coming soon!