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Saving Puget Sound

What You Can Do

The South Puget Sound Dissolved Oxygen Study will help determine how our inputs of nitrogen affect low dissolved oxygen levels. In the meantime, there are many things you can do to reduce the amount of nitrogen that reaches Puget Sound.

  • Calculate your nitrogen footprint.
  • Reduce your use of fertilizers on your lawn and garden. Rain may carry these nutrients into the nearest water body.
  • If you use a septic system, inspect it regularly to make sure its functioning properly.
  • Cover and store manure, yard waste, fertilizers, and other chemicals away from the water.
  • Pick up your pet’s waste.
  • Maintain or enhance vegetation alongside water bodies to filter pollutants from the run-off. Never remove the natural riparian (stream or lake side) vegetation.
  • If you have large animals, keep them away from lakes and streams. Otherwise, the animals will trample the shorelines, destroy the riparian vegetation, and directly add nutrients to the stream.