When rain and snow melt runs off rooftops, yards, paved streets, highways, and parking lots it can (and does!) pick up pollution such as: oil, fertilizers, pesticides, soil, trash, and animal waste. From here, water flows directly into our local streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands or travels into storm drains and pipes and is eventually released untreated into our local waterways.The Do the Right Thing outreach campaign identifies simple things we can do to keep our rivers and streams healthy. Check out the local resources and Do The Right Thing!
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Use physical and cultural controls. These are the least-hazardous methods. A forceful
water spray knocks aphids off plant leaves; sticky tape will keep root weevils from climbing up your rhododendrons; and traps are effective against wasps, moths and whiteflies.
Use biological controls. For example, you can purchase predators such as lacewings or parasitic wasps.
Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a naturally occurring bacterium that produces a toxin that
Use pesticides only as a last resort. Pesticides pose varying risks to people and pets and
also commonly kill beneficial insects such as bees. Look for natural alternatives and always spot treat if you are going to use a product.
Choose products under the green bar in the table in the online Grow Smart Grow Safe.
Metro’s Online Calendar Metro’s online calendar shows a full listing of all Metro natural gardening events sponsored by Do The Right Thing, plus other natural gardening events from around the region.
Natural gardening videos and how-to resources Get tips from Metro’s natural gardening expert, download gardening guides and publications, watch videos and discover more great resources for learning to garden without harmful chemicals
Shopping guides for gardeners Discover new resources for gardeners including reviews of lawn and garden products in the Grow Smart, Grow Safe guide and $5-off coupons for natural supplies and plants at 38 local retailers.
City of Vancouver Water Resources Protection: (360) 487-7130 City of Vancouver Operations Center: (360) 696-8177 City of Vancouver After Hours Emergencies (After 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday or Weekends): (360) 693-9302