Category: Keep Water Clean

Don’t Stress Out about Your Lawn this Summer

Lawns in western Washington don’t require irrigation to survive. If you don’t mind a brown lawn during the summer, your lawn will green up again when the rains return in the fall. Watering deeply once a month in summer helps…

Yard Smart Rain Rewards

Do you live in the Juanita Creek watershed? Are any of your roof’s downspouts connected to Kirkland’s stormwater system?  If you answered “yes” to both of these 2 questions, then your property may be eligible for the Yard Smart Rain…

Switch to Green Cleaning Products

My kitten was making a funny sound with his tongue. Knowing his habit of eating things with no resemblance to food, I hunted the apartment for something he might have eaten. A can of oven cleaner I’d saved from our…

Sheet Mulch to Smother Weeds and Build Soil

When I first moved into my house, sheet mulching quickly became my new best friend in the quest to turn my front garden bed – a sea of weeds – back into something resembling a garden. Sheet mulching is a…

Green Kirkland Partnership volunteer restoration event

Become a Steward for Our Watershed

Are you feeling inspired to take action to protect our environment? You can make a difference to our Kirkland watershed by becoming a Soil and Water Steward with Tilth Alliance or a Green Kirkland Steward with Green Kirkland Partnership. Both…

Greener Dog Grooming

Summers can be a blast for dogs – going to the park, hiking in the mountains and playing in the backyard. But, as we all know, an active dog can end up being a dirty and smelly dog. A cool…

soap from a mobile business entering storm drain

Hiring a Contractor to Help Around the House?

Are you thinking about hiring a mobile business or contractor to help around your home or yard this summer or fall? Maybe to spruce up the house with a new coat of paint, put in a concrete driveway, clean your…

Staying Safe with Car Chemicals

Are you a DIY car mechanic? Take precautions to keep both yourself and the environment safe when changing your own motor oil and other automotive fluids. Prevent Spills & Leaks Check your vehicle for leaks regularly and fix them as…

soap suds washing into Lake Washington

Storm Drains are for Stormwater Only

The number one cause of pollution in Washington waters is stormwater runoff. As rainwater flows into the nearest grated storm drain, it picks up pollutants such as fertilizers, dirt and leaves, pet waste, soaps, vehicle fluids, and litter. This now…

Safe Spring Cleaning

Does your list of spring cleaning projects include clearing out your garage or under your sink? If so, you will probably find leftover or unused containers of hazardous products – things like oil-based paints and thinners, solvents, pesticides, vehicle fluids…