Tackling polluted runoff
The majority of pollutants in Oregon’s waters come not from industrial waste, but from water that runs off of farms and our streets, rooftops, and yards. In our cities, polluted runoff flows down storm drains and directly into our waterways every time it rains. Stormwater runoff can harm aquatic life and contribute to bacteria-laden waters unsafe for swimming, fish so contaminated with toxins that they are unsafe to eat, and property damage caused by widening streams and increased flooding.
Oregon Environmental Council works to prevent stormwater pollution by working with developers and city planners to reduce their impact on our water by using Low Impact Development practices. We also work with homeowners to reduce their own contribution to urban runoff with our rain garden resources.