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.
  • When walking your dog, take a plastic bag and properly  dispose of pet waste.
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.
  • If you have a pet, make sure to pick up their waste and toss it in the trash.
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.
  • For more pest solutions, visit our Integrated Pest Management page.

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.

Grant Opportunities

  • Do you have a water quality related project that needs funding? The County and Citty of Sacramento provide community action grants to support projects that protect, restore, or enhance local waterways. Please visit the following websites for more information:
Girl kneeling picking up plastic bottle from creek.
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