Rain + Storm Drains

Many people think storm drains carry water to treatment facilities for cleaning. This is not true in Washington County; storm drains carry rainwater (and pollutants) directly to the nearest stream, wetland and the Tualatin River.

Everything left on the ground, from dog poop to chemical fertilizers, eventually finds its way to our water. That means healthier waterways and drinking water starts with choices we make every day. Use natural yard care, limit pesticide and chemical use, and plant native species.