From the peaks of the Cascade Mountains, to the shores of Lake Washington, and all the way to Seattle’s waterfront, we all live in the Puget Sound watershed.
It’s a long journey for a drop of water, but the raindrops that hit the ground and flow into our creeks and lakes can eventually end up in Puget Sound. In other words, “Puget Sound Starts Here” – wherever a drop of water lands in the Puget Sound watershed.
Our Homes are Part of the Watershed
A raindrop lands on your roof, flows down the downspout, washes onto your lawn or driveway, and out into the street. Along that path, it can collect fertilizers, pesticides, soap, oil, pet waste – and any other pollutant that happens to be on the ground.
All that dirty water, called polluted runoff, then flows into the nearest storm drain, through the city’s stormwater pipes under the streets, and out to the nearest stream, lake or wetland without being cleaned. (Follow a virtual tour of Everest Creek from Everest Park underground through downtown Kirkland to Lake Washington.)
So, small changes in our daily lives add up and can make a BIG difference for the health of our creeks, lakes and Puget Sound. If each of the 4.5 million people living in the Puget Sound region makes even one small change, the combined efforts will have a huge positive impact on water quality – one drop at a time.
- Never dump anything—liquid or solid—into a storm drain or drainage ditch.
- Fix vehicle leaks right away.
- Take your car to a commercial car wash instead of washing it in your driveway.
- Pick up pet waste —in your yard and on walks—and put it in the trash.
- Use natural yard products like compost and mulch. If you use chemical pesticides and fertilizers, follow the directions and use them sparingly.
- Store and dispose of household and yard chemicals according to the instructions on the label.
May is Puget Sound Starts Here Month! Check out pugetsoundstartshere.org for information about what is going on around the region and for ideas on how you can help protect Puget Sound.