Water…Do Your Part


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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!





Tips for using a car wash:

  • Find certified car wash location at Ecobiz.org
  • Look for brushless systems that won’t scratch your paint.
  • Be sure the soap is non-caustic and formulated for cars.
  • Paying for tire treatment is worth the money. The commercial wash is very effective at removing heavy grease and baked on brake dust.
  • It will save you time and energy and these products are toxic to the environment and should be sent to drains that go to a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Look for car washes that have systems to conserve water. Car washes that recapture and treat their water are helping protect the environment.

If you are washing your own car:

  • Use a phosphate-free, biodegradable soap. Formulas made for cars, not dishes, are easier on your car’s paint coat.
  • Use a sprayer on your hose to prevent water waste.
  • Wash at a self-service area, over grass or gravel area or use rolled towels to divert soapy, greasy water from running down the driveway and street and into the drains that go directly to our local streams. Even biodegradable soap is harmful to streams, so please protect streams by not allowing water to discharge into the street.

Hosting a Fundraising Car Wash?
Contact local car washes and sell coupon books instead!

Stormwater Management at the Port of Portland

A customized car (Paul Brennan, Public Domain Pictures)
A customized car (Paul Brennan, Public Domain Pictures)

Sales and Discounts

Save $5 on native plants and trees

Metro Coupon at local garden centers

Metro Native Plant Guidebook

Clean Water Services (WA County) 
Free plants for Tualatin River Watershed streamside residents

City of Gresham & Fairview
City of Gresham Healthy Streams Program

Backyard Habitat Certification in Gresham.
** Mention KOIN TV when you sign up and receive an application reimbursement of $35.  Email Keri Handaly

Other Resources:

Oregon City
Native and Nuisance Plant list

Clean Water Services
Dig in and help keep our water clean.

City of Salem
Learn about practical ways you can make a difference.

City of Lake Oswego
Learn simple ideas for protecting our water.

Port of Portland
Environmental programs

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District


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
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Hazardless Home Handbook (PDF, 865KB)

Outside of the Metro Region
Call 1-800-RECYCLE

OHSU Oregon Poison Center

Request Mr. Yuck stickers by calling:


Metro Recycling Information 503-234-3000

Report illegal dumping

City of Portland Spills

Spill Hotline at 503-823-7180
Email officer@bes.ci.portland.or.us

Lake Oswego Spills

Weekdays (8:00 am to 5:00 pm)

Outside normal working hours/weekends

For Emergency response call 9-1-1

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

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

Sponsor Showcase
Port of Portland