We ALL live in a watershed. Each of us can play a part in making sure the streams in our areas are clean and healthy.


Above is an example of a creek in which salmon could easily thrive. Courtesy of Flickr user Darijus Strasunskas.

Keep water free of pollutants:

  • Decrease use of fertilizers or switch to natural fertilizers.
  • Wash your car and driveway in places where runoff cannot flow down storm drains and directly into waterways – either on the lawn, or at a commercial car wash.
  • Dispose of pet waste responsibly.

Conserve water:

  • Use less water in your household so that more water can stay in the streams for fish.

Plant a rain garden:

  • Rain gardens filter pollutants out of runoff from roofs and driveways, and slow help it travel more slowly to the streams.
  • Check your local jurisdiction for incentives on installing a rain garden, which utilizes specific plants and drainage designs to slow rain flow and prevent rapid runoff and flooding.

The above graphic is an example of what a rain garden can look like, as well as some information regarding their benefits. This graphic is courtesy of 12,000 Rain Gardens in Puget Sound.

Fish responsibly:

  • Follow all guidelines and regulations to avoid overfishing wild salmon, and practice proper catch-and-release protocol to avoid harming fish.

Get involved in your community:

  • Find volunteer opportunities to help with fish and wildlife conservation in your community.

Living on the water

If you live along the water, you have even more opportunities to be a good steward of salmon. Actions you take to improve habitat and maintain clean water can make a difference in the habitat for these fish.  Learn more about actions you can take if you are a:

To find out more information about how you can help salmon, visit these pages: