Get Involved
In Your Community
  • Reduce automobile use by car-pooling, riding the bus, riding your bike or walking.
  • Wash your car at commercial car washes that recycle their wash water.
  • Support businesses in your community who offer or use least toxic alternatives and practice pollution prevention.
  • Encourage others to reduce, reuse and recycle whenever they can.
  • Participate in local river and creek clean-up events.
In Your Home
  • When using chemicals, detergents and pesticides, use only the amount recommended by the manufacturer and use them according to the directions.
  • Purchase household and garden products that are "least toxic" to the environment.
  • Avoid purchasing oil-based paint.
  • Rinse out water-based (latex) paint brushes in the sink or disposed of them in the trash.
  • Find the nearest recycling center to dispose of your hazardous waste.
In Your Garden
  • Purchase household and garden products that are "least toxic" to the environment.
  • Sweep sidewalks and patios rather than hose debris into gutters.
  • Avoid using pesticides or herbicides on your yard and garden.
  • Garden organically or use alternatives to chemicals when possible.
  • Do not over-water lawns and gardens. Over-watering can flush large quantities of pesticides and fertilizer directly into storm drains.
  • Use River-Friendly Landscaping methods to take care of your yard or use a qualified Green Gardener.

In Your Garage

  • Have your car tuned-up regularly to make sure it is operating as clean as possible with no leaks of oil or other fluids.
  • Find a location near you to recycle motor oil, antifreeze and other automotive fluids.
  • Fix car leaks right away.
  • For the concerned citizen, EPA has a Web site devoted to information about pesticides.
  • Use less-toxic pesticides to controlling pests around your home and in the garden. Check out the Our Water Our World page for more information.
  • For local assistance in learning more about integrated pest management and the proper use of pesticides, contact Sacramento Master Gardeners.


Girl kneeling picking up plastic bottle from creek.
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