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What You Can Do to Help Our Creeks and Lakes

Do your part to reduce the amount of water and pollutants flowing into our waterways!


  • -Keep vehicles well maintained
  • -Yard and grass cuttings should be composted or disposed of in the garbage—not into creeks or lakes
  • -Homes adjacent to waterways should maintain a natural vegetation buffer
  • -ALWAYS pick up pet waste
  • -Avoid or use minimal amounts of fertilizers and pesticides
  • -Wash vehicles at car washes or on your lawn—avoid sending suds down drains
  • -Increase plantings, decrease impervious areas
  • -Hose driveways and divert rain gutters onto your lawn or planted areas


  • -Store and dispose of hazardous waste properly
  • -Maintain vehicles so they don’t drip fluids (oil, fuel, and antifreeze)
  • -Wash vehicles off-site at approved facilities
  • -Sweep up dirt and debris rather than pressure-washing them into storm drains or creeks
  • -Cover stored items, stockpiles and dumpsters and place them in areas away from storm drains and creek banks
  • -Increase planted areas and decrease impervious surfaces
  • -Have a spill response plan with all employees trained in its use

Reduce or eliminate cigarette butt waste:

  • -Cigarettes are toxic waste, and the number one littered item on beaches and roadways
  • -They leach chemicals that are poisonous to wildlife and fish, and can contaminate water sources
  • -Click here for a link to the "Tobacco Waste Toolkit"


  • -Click this link for information on recycling paper, glass, plastic, and other items in Anchorage (ALPAR)
  • -Click this link for information on recycling electronics, light bulbs, batteries, refrigerants, and other items (Total Reclaim)
  • -Click this  link for information on recycling hazardous materials (Solid Waste Services)