Set up a conservation easement on your property. Protecting parts of your property from future development will ensure the area stays wild in perpetuity. Many counties offer tax incentives.
- Join a local conservation organization or stewardship group. Such as:
- Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
CREP is administered by the Washington State Conservation Commission and the Farm Services Agency (FSA). The program provides incentives to property owners to restore and improve salmon and steelhead habitat on private land.
- Beach Naturalist Program
Beach Naturalists are local citizens who care about
beaches and want to help protect them. The Seattle Aquarium trains volunteer Beach Naturalists to educate others about area beaches.
Based on the successful Block Watch program, ShoreWatch involves neighbors working and learning together to address protection and restoration. Sponsored by People for Puget Sound.
- Washington Shore Stewards
A volunteer and education group whose members own or rent property on the shoreline, who have property with a stream or river passing through it or who live in communities with shared beach access. Members learn how to be good stewards of shoreline property.
- For a list of more ways to get involved in protecting
, visit MudUp!
Make your backyard a wildlife refuge: plant native plants that will provide food and shelter for animals, hang bird feeders and build bat boxes.
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- Help restore a stream. Streams that are closer to their tree-lined state are healthier for young salmon and other wildlife. To find a volunteer group, contact your county’s Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group (RFEG).
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- Resist using pesticides and fertilizers on your lawn and in your garden. Try natural alternatives instead.
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- Organize a storm-drain marking project in your neighborhood. Produce and distribute a flyer or door hanger for households to remind residents that storm drains dump directly into your local water body. Visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Stormwater Website for door hangers, videos and publications that can be downloaded or ordered for free.
- Conserve water. Water your lawn less and run only full loads of laundry and dishes.
- Use care when cleaning your boat. To keep water clean, scrub your boat hull and decks with a brush instead of using soap. Take precautions to avoid oil and gas spills when filling up.
- Keep your septic system in top working order by having it inspected regularly.
- Become an active citizen and involve your kids to allow them the opportunity to participate in environmentally friendly practices.
- Report derelict fishing gear such as old fishing nets and crab pots. Be safe! Don’t try to remove it yourself. Call the Derelict Fishing Gear Hotline 1-800-477-6224 or report your findings online through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
- Consider alternatives to bulkheads, riprap and other forms of shoreline armoring on your waterfront property. If you plan to build on the waterfront, follow laws that are designed to protect the shoreline.
- Fence off stream areas on your farmland to prevent livestock from trampling through and disturbing vital habitat such as salmon spawning areas.
- Get to know your watershed with 15 great ideas from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.