I'm Dewey the Water Droplet. I'll teach you what happens to rainwater that drips off houses and trees, runs through yards, down streets and into storm drains.
It doesn't just disappear. When the water runs over hard surfaces, like roads and driveways, it picks up pollution. That pollution ends up in our lakes, streams, and Puget Sound and can harm fish and wildlife.
The good news is we can all do our part to prevent water pollution. Use the resources on this page to learn how you can make an impact in our community!
Become a Drain Ranger!
Complete The Adventures of Dewey the Water Drop activity book to learn what you can do to help prevent water pollution! After you've completed the book, fill out the online form here and we'll send you an official Drain Ranger badge.
Drain Ranger Codes to Live By
Together we have the power to clean up rivers, lakes, streams and Puget Sound. If each of us made a few simple changes, we could make a huge difference together!
- If it's not rain, it doesn't belong in the drain. Don't pour anything down the storm drain.
- Conserve water: Use less water at home to save more for the fish.
- Use a fish-friendly car wash: Wash your car at a commercial car wash or on your lawn so water soaks into the ground.
- Soak up spills: Use cardboard or kitty litter to soak up oil and chemical spills and then throw them in the trash.
- Use compost: Start a compost pile for your food and yard waste, then use it in your yard.
Download Educational Activities at Home
The Salish Sea and Puget Sound are important habitats for our beloved orca population and the salmon they need to survive. Your water habits at home and our community choices impact the quality of these vital waterways.
In 2021, Pierce County's Environmental Educators hosted a free workshop that shared how you can keep pollution out of Puget Sound and protect the habitat of our treasured orcas. Explore the links below to learn more:
Water We Doing for Orcas Links
- Water We Doing for Orcas Presentation - PowerPoint slides
- Water We Doing for Orcas Activity Book - Download this coloring book filled with tips to prevent water pollution
Looking for more educational opportunities? Explore these resources:
- Pierce County Environmental Educators - Free and low-cost programs that increase awareness about environmental issues.
- Pierce County Pollution Prevention Resources - Explore our website to learn how you can prevent water pollution
- Pierce Conservation District Environmental Education - Engaging kids in learning about their environment.
Interested in partnering with Pierce County water quality staff to bring water pollution education to your class, event or meeting? Please send an email to [email protected].