Individuals & Families

There are many ways we can all help to keep pollution out of our streams, harbors and the ocean.

Dispose of cooking oil and grease responsibly – After cooling, used cooking oil and grease should be mixed into absorbent material and thrown in the trash – never poured down your kitchen drain. Oil in the sewer pipes can lead to clogged pipes which can leak sewage into our water supply, streams, or the ocean.
 
Check your septic tank – If you have a septic system, regularly check it is working properly. 
 
Handle household products safely – Properly store and dispose of household products such as insecticides, pesticides, paint, solvents, motor oil and other auto fluids. Always store paint and chemicals in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and minimize exposure to rain and direct sunlight. Don’t pour them on the ground, into roadway gutters, or into storm drains.
 
Wipe up spills – Don’t use water to clean your garage and driveway. Spraying down your driveway can wash oil, soap, leaves and other waste down into the storm drain system which leads to streams and the ocean.
 
Plant native foliage – Use native plants to provide natural places for rainwater to collect and soak into the ground. Native plants typically thrive better and require less fertilizer than non-native species. Rain from the rooftop or paved areas can be diverted into planted areas which nourishes plants, helps replenish the water table and reduces storm water runoff.
 
Fix leaks quickly – If your car is leaking fluids, try to get it fixed as soon as possible to prevent excessive leakage on the streets and in your driveway, where rain can wash it down the storm drains.