What you can do for clean water

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We all live in a watershed, so every time someone learns about "clean water habits" and changes the way they do things, it helps improve our community’s surface water resources (like our creeks, streams and rivers). Every time we prevent pollution in the first place, it saves money and effort. That's why educational and volunteer programs play such an important role in the Clean Water Division.

The Clean Water Division promotes educational partnerships with local groups and agencies, such as the City of Vancouver and Washington State University Extension, to increase public awareness and encourage environmental stewardship to keep dirt and other pollutants out of waterways.

The program also works with individuals, schools, businesses and property owners about how we all can do our part to protect Clark County's water resources for future generations. Remember, "we all live downstream."

NEW Don't Drip & Drive - Clark County and Stormwater Partners of SW Washington are partnering with the Watershed Alliance and auto repair shops across the county to help drivers identify and fix vehicle leaks.  The Watershed Alliance will hold leak check events where drivers can find out if they they have a leak and obtain resources to make informed decisions about repairs.  Participating auto repair shops are offering free visual leak inspections and 10% off (up to $50) leak repairs.  Learn more at www.fixthoseleaks.org 

Plant neighborhood trees - Clark County partnered with Friends of Trees to install 500 street trees between 2017 and 2019. Learn more about this project in the Felida, North Salmon Creek, West Hazel Dell, Sherwood and Northeast Hazel Dell neighborhoods. More>>


Home projects for clean water:

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Community efforts:


Students with Enviroscape watershed model

Students with Enviroscape watershed model

Schools and Student projects:


Business projects:

  • Spill Kit Program - Help protect your business from costly clean-up while protecting your employees and customers. Learn why you should have a spill prevention plan, spill clean-up kit and how to clean up a spill when it does happen.
  • Carpet cleaning businesses - brochure with tips and reminders to minimize pollution to the storm drain system. The Department of Ecology has a fact sheet.
  • Stormwater inlet and facility maintenance - businesses are required to maintain their stormwater features including cleaning and repairing, as needed. Other Washington jurisdictions have prepared videos and tools to illustrate some of the solutions to facility maintenance. For specific Clark County regulations, contact our staff.

Property managers, business owners and HOAs - Visit the Stormwater Partners of SW Washington for helpful videos, checklists and information on managing stormwater runoff and stormwater facilities. Also visit some of the links under the Business section as they may apply to your property, including dumpster maintenance and spill kit program.

 

Other stormwater related volunteer programs: