The Water…Do Your Part outreach campaign identifies simple things we can do to keep our rivers and streams healthy. Check out the local resources and Do Your Part!
Naturescaping focuses primarily on native plants without sacrificing splendor. Consult the Native Plant Guide to choose the best plants for your particular setting and needs. Native plants are adapted to our soil and climate, which means they need relatively little or no watering, fertilizing, or care once established. They are often less susceptible to common garden pests and diseases, and they provide important food and shelter for native insects, birds and butterflies, which help pollinate our crops and gardenTips:
Select plants with a variety of bloom times and heights,
Cluster low growing plants so that the pollinators will notice them more readily,
Add a water source for birds and bugs bird (a tray of water with pebbles for perching)
Leave some dead material on the plants and create a leaf and stick pile in your yard as food and nesting material sources
Stick piles will help attract low-canopy insect foragers like sparrows, towhees, and wrens who are quite social and are fun to watch
Avoid using pesticides and read the label, as even natural products can be harmful to pollinators
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.
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:
City of Vancouver After Hours Emergencies
(After 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday or Weekends): (360) 693-9302