Do the Right Thing

Do The Right Thing

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!

Tip of the Month

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

controls caterpillars.

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.

Go to:

Clean Water Services
(residents in service area only)
Tree for all! Free plants and trees for residents
Click Here
Volunteer to help plant and restore Metro’s Greenspaces
Click Here
Download a natural gardening coupon from Metro:
Click Here

City of Vancouver
Visit Vancouver Urban Forestry website Click Here

Plant a Tree
City of Portland Treebate (Starts Sept 1, 2014)

Online Pesticide Directory
Grow Smart, Grow Safe-An interactive directory to find safe alternatives to pesticides.
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.

Natural gardening group presentations
Schedule a free natural gardening presentation with a local garden expert for your club or community group.

Metro’s Online Calendar

Bring Back the Pollinators

Lawn and Garden Care

(Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties)

OHSU Oregon Poison Center
Request Mr. Yuck stickers by calling: 503-494-7799

Metro Recycling Information 503-234-3000
Report illegal dumping online.
City of Portland Spills
Spill Hotline at 503-823-7180
City of Gresham Spills
Report hazardous spills by calling 9-1-1
Non-hazardous spills 503-618-2626
After hours 503-661-3906
Washington County Spills
24-hour response line 503-681-3600
If you would like to contact someone Click Here
Email us at Ask Us
Oregon City Spills
Weekdays (7:00 am to 4:00 pm) 503-657-8241
Outside normal working hours/weekends 503-655-8211
For Emergency response call 9-1-1
City of Fairview
To report hazardous spills call 9-1-1
To report nonhazardous spills, illegal dumping, or other stormwater concerns call 503.665.9320

City of Vancouver/Clark County
   Washington Department of Ecology:
      Spill Line: (360) 407-6300
      Oil Spills (Toll Free): 1-800-OILS-911

   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

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